Everywhere First Responders Can Get Free & Cheap Food

A big, edible thank you.

First responder food deals
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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.

Right now, in the midst of a pandemic, there are already plenty of reasons to thank first responders for the work they do. That's driven home even more on September 11. 

Every year restaurants around the country take the day as an opportunity to offer something extra to first responders as a way of saying thanks, having been reminded of the important, life-saving work they do every day. As with all things, this year is looking a little different. Many restaurants are closed or offering limited dining service. Still, first responders will find free and discounted meals at chains like Panda Express and Bonefish Grill. 

Here are all the places first responders can get free and low-cost food right now.

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Food Deals for First Responders

Sonny's BBQ
The deal:
First responders can get a free Pork Big Deal at any location when they verify their eligibility through this site
When: September 12-15

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

Sales for First Responders

Getaway
The deal: The company that offers "mindful escapes" to small cabins. It offers healthcare workers 15% off any Getaway stay all year long. 
When: Ongoing

Other Deals Available Right Now

Wendy's
The deal:
The Boo Book is back. For a dollar, you can get a coupon book that gives you five free junior Frostys. Plus, you'll be supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
When: Through October 31

Wendy's
The deal:
Grab a premium sandwich for $1 when you buy another. Grab that weekly through the end of the month. 
When: Through September 30

Wendy's
The deal:
Place an order that hits the $10 minimum in the Wendy's app and you'll get a free large order of fries. 
When: Through September 30

Wendy's
The deal: 
Take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the Sausage, Egg and Cheese or Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. You can get that discount in the mobile app once per week until the deal expires. 
When: Through September 25

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

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 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.