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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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

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

Taco John's
The deal: Grab a free side of Queso Blanco and chips if you're a loyalty club member. You'll get the coupon through the Taco John's mobile app. No purchase is required. 
When: September 18-20

Food Deals for Teachers

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Teachers and school staff can trim 20% off their order at participating sports bar locations all week. 
When: May 3-7

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
The deal:
All teachers and school staff get 20% off their entire check when showing their school ID. 
When: May 4

Grimaldi's 
The deal:
Teachers and nurses get 15% off their order when they show an ID. 
When: May 3-7

Huddle House
The deal: Educators can stop in for a free meal and drink (up to $10) on Teacher Appreciation Day. Just flash your school ID. 
When: May 5

Curry Up Now
The deal:
Teacher Tuesdays are going to hook teachers and school staff up with a free bowl or burrito at participating locations. Just show your school ID when ordering in-person. 
When: Every Tuesday through May 25

Joella's Hot Chicken
The deal: Teachers and nurses can grab a free meal this week. You'll get set up with a meal that includes two Jumbo Tenders, a southern side, one Dippin' Sauce, and a drink. Just show an ID to prove you're a nurse or school staff. 
When: May 6
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Other Food Deals Available Right Now

Moe's Southwest Grill
The deal:
The burrito chain's new "Kids Eat Free" program offers a free meal to kids 12 and under every Sunday. No purchase is required.
When: Ongoing

Boston Market
The deal:
The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one. 
When: For just a little while

Crook & Marker
The deal:
Buy any eight-pack of Crook & Marker and you can grab a free eight-pack of its new canned Lime Margaritas. That's available anywhere the brand is sold. 
When: Through May 31

More Deals for Teachers?

Did we miss some offers? Let us know about them at news@thrillist.com 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.