Everywhere Teachers Can Get Free & Cheap Food Right Now

A small thank you to people who help make us who we are.

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Courtesy of Krispy Kreme
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Under the best of circumstances, there isn't enough appreciation for teachers. They're underpaid, working in underfunded schools, and are often having to battle to stop leaders at the local and state level from taking away their right to organize or something as simple as the funding for basic programs. It's not an easy job.

This year, the back-to-school season is, to comically understate the situation, complicated. We don't need to wade into the waters filled with representatives and leaders demanding things of schools and teachers that go against the recommended health guidelines in the middle of a pandemic. Suffice it to say, teachers deserve more thanks and preferably the kind that supports the health and financial well-being in the long-term. Nonetheless, both local and chain restaurants across the country are recognizing the difficult circumstances that face teachers this fall. Many of them are offering free and low-cost food to help teachers grab a little something delicious during a stressful time. Below you'll find offers from Krispy Kreme, KFC, and others looking to offer a small thank you.

Here are all the best food and drink deals for teachers available right now.

Free Food for Teachers

The deal:
The chain is supporting teachers across the country with free buckets of chicken through its Back-to-School Buckets initiative. On top of that, starting August 20, you can nominate a teacher to get gift cards from the chicken chain by posting to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #KFCback2school and #sweepstakes.
When: Starting August 20

Burger King
The deal:
 Make any purchase through the BK mobile app and you'll be walking away with a free four-piece order of chicken nuggets.
When: Ongoing

Food Deals for Teachers

DiBella's Subs
The deal:
The Pay It Forward campaign allows you to donate a tray of subs to essential workers at half price. DiBella's will cover the other half of the tray to help you support the essential workers making a difference in your life, whether they're healthcare workers, teachers, or first responders. 
When: Ongoing

food deals for teachers
Photo courtesy of Alex's Awesome Sourdough

Other Food Deals Available Right Now

The deal:
Use the Wendy's app to grab a free Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger with a purchase. 
When: Through February 21

Tim Hortons
The deal:
Grab a free donut with the purchase of any beverage through the Tim Hortons app or website. 
When: February 13-14

The deal:
The donut chain is offering DD Perks members a free medium hot coffee with any purchase every Monday in February. 
When: February 8, 15, 22

Ike's Love & Sandwiches
The deal
: Order for in-store takeout and you can get BOGO sandwiches.
When: February 14

The deal:
You can add a dozen Double Crunch Shrimp to any steak entrĂ©e for just a dollar. You'll need to order through the Applebee's site or mobile app. 
When: Ongoing

Panda Express
The deal:
The Family Meal Deal will land you two large sides and three large entrĂ©es for $29. The options include the new Firecracker Chicken Breast. 
When: Through March 23

Alex's Awesome Sourdough
The deal:
Take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal at every Sprouts location. That deal will land you pizza dough for the Super Bowl and for National Pizza Day. 
When: February 3-10

Girl Scout Cookies
The deal:
You can get Girl Scout Cookies through Grubhub this year. If you hit a $15 minimum, you can get free delivery. 
When: February 1-14

More Deals for Teachers?

Did we miss some offers? Let us know about them at with "Teacher Food Deals" in the subject line,  and we might include it here. 

Want More Free Food?

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 offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. 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.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson. 

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