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
Courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Editor’s Note: Information listed here may be subject to change depending on the developing situation with COVID-19's Omicron variant. Please check for the latest updates available or contact each establishment directly for more info.

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

Pluckers Wing Bar
The deal:
Teachers can grab a free appetizer every Friday. 
When: Every Friday

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Photo courtesy of Zaxby's

Sales for Teachers

The deal:
Teachers, military members, and first responders can take 20% off orders from the bedding company all year long. 
When: Ongoing

Paper Source
The deal:
The store offers teachers 15% off purchases year-round. 
When: Ongoing

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Photo courtesy of Alex's Awesome Sourdough

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 at participating locations. 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

More Deals for Teachers?

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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.