Starbucks chains across the United States are giving away a free coffee to first responders and medical workers to thank them for fighting the coronavirus — to-go only, of course.
The coffee chain announced Tuesday that any firefighter, police officer, paramedic, doctor, nurse, hospital staff or researcher can claim a free tall hot or iced coffee.
This deal will be available until May 3.
“Starbucks continues to act based on three simple principles: ensuring the health and well-being of our partners and customers, supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain and mitigate this virus, and showing up as a responsible member of the 32,000 communities. ... Not every decision is a financial one.” — Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson
The corporation has also said it will donate $500,000 to organizations that provide medical supplies, personal protective equipment and care packages to health care workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
What goes better with coffee than doughnuts? Krispy Kreme has also introduced a deal offering medical staff a dozen original glazed doughnuts every Monday, according to WRDW.
The first day of the deal, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day, and the deal will run until National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12.
Uber has also promised to help medical workers, delivering more than 300,000 free meals to hospital workers, according to CNBC.
“We know that the work of medical and crisis response teams can be tireless, and the hours long; we hope we can help in a small way.” — Janelle Sallenave, head of Uber Eats
Uber Eats has waived delivery fees in many markets amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Numerous stores, Starbucks included, across the nation closed and changed to drive-thru only for two weeks starting March 21.
The company has promised to pay employees until April 19 even if they cannot or choose not to come to work.
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