Everywhere First Responders Can Get Free Food Today for First Responders Day

First responders are getting an edible thank you from restaurants across the country.

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We highlight a lot of food holidays here. National Hamburger Day. National Sandwich Day. National Pickle Day. These foods are great, but the holidays are lighthearted and relatively inconsequential. (Unless you're very hungry and just found an awesome deal.)

October 28 isn't a food holiday, but some restaurants are making it close to one. It's First Responders Day. It's a day when we say thanks to the many first responders who always deserve some appreciation but have been particularly noteworthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and stores will offer a little thanks on this day, serving up free food, beers, and discounts. First responders will be able to take advantage of offers at places like Krispy Kreme, their local bar courtesy of Budweiser, Friendly's, and many other haunts. 

To help first responders get their edible appreciation amid a busy day, we've pulled together all the best offers out there for First Responders Day. 

Free Food for First Responders

Krispy Kreme
The deal: First responders can grab a free donut and coffee in recognition of First Responders Day. 
When: October 28

Budweiser
The deal: First responders can hit up ABeerOnBud.com and follow the instructions to have Budweiser buy them a round at a local bar.
When: Starting October 28

Friendly's
The deal: First responders can grab a free ice cream cone or dish for National First Responders Day. 
When: October 28

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
If you got your COVID-19 vaccine, Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut every day for the rest of the year.
When: Through December 31

Macaroni Grill
The deal:
First responders can grab a free order of Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti. Just show your credentials to snag a complimentary meal. 
When: Through October 31

Food Deals for First Responders

Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill
The deal:
 Naf Naf is offering first responders and active or retired military personnel a 15% discount on their order. You have to flash a valid ID and order in-store. (The deal isn't good on catering orders.)
When: Ongoing

Meso Maya
The deal:
The small Texas-based chain is offering healthcare workers and first responders 20% off their order. 
When: Ongoing

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
Trim 20% off your meal if you're a healthcare worker or first responder. 
When: Ongoing

Taqueria La Ventana
The deal:
Though it only has a few locations, it's still slinging a deal for healthcare workers and first responders. You'll get 20% off your order. 
When: Ongoing

Village Burger Bar
The deal:
Healthcare workers and first responders can stop by to get 20% off any order from the burger shop. 
When: Ongoing

Fire Dept. Coffee
The deal:
There's a 15% lifetime discount for active military, veterans, first responders, and emergency dispatchers. 
When: Ongoing

Kind
The deal:
Order Kind bars through the company's site to get 15% off everything on the site. That offer is available to military veterans, active-duty personnel, first responders, nurses, and doctors.
When: Ongoing

Carrabba's Italian Grill
The deal:
All service members and first responders get 10% off their visit on Veterans Day (and every day of the year). 
When: Ongoing

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Photo courtesy of Home Run Inn

Local Food Deals on First Responders Day

Home Run Inn - Chicago, Illinois
The deal: First responders can grab a free eight-inch cheese or sausage personal pizza at any of the nine locations in the Chicago area. 
When: October 28

Other Deals on First Responders Day

Mattress Firm
The deal:
First responders, medical professionals, and emergency personnel, including EMTs, paramedics and firefighters, can get 20% off a purchase. Just sign up at the link above. (Plus, that 20% can be stacked on top of other offers.)
When: October 28

Other Deals Available on First Responders Day

Popeyes
The deal:
Snag a free Chicken Sandwich Combo on any Grubhub order of at least $20 on Sundays through the end of the year. 
When: Sundays through December 26

Panera
The deal: Grubhub orders of at least $20 will get a $3 discount. 
When: October 25-31

Boston Market
The deal:
Take $5 off an order of at least $25 when ordering through Grubhub. 
When: October 25-31

Sbarro
The deal: Nab a pair of free breadsticks on any Grubhub order of at least $15. 
When: Through October 31

Checkers
The deal:
Order at least $15 of Checkers through Grubhub and you'll get a free order of Fry-Seasoned Monsterella Stix. 
When: October 25-31

Wawa
The deal: If your Grubhub order hits the $15 minimum, you'll get a free bakery item.
When: October 25-31

Wendy's
The deal: If your Grubhub order hits the $15 minimum, you'll get a free order of fries. 
When: October 25-31

Wow Bao
The deal: Get delivery through Grubhub and hit the $25 minimum to get $5 off your order. 
When: October 25-31

Want more food deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersfood delivery offersalcohol delivery deals, and perks for getting your vaccination against COVID-19. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin Nelson on Twitter.