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Everywhere Healthcare Workers Can Get Free Food Right Now

Chains across the country are showing their appreciation to those on the frontline of the pandemic.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, dining indoors can be dangerous for you and the restaurant's employees. Check the CDC's Food Safety and Eating Out guidelines to understand the risks involved. Consider ordering food to-go or getting delivery to support your favorite restaurants.

There are few people doing more to protect us than healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, pandemic. They deserve our thanks and admiration in the best of times, and a whole lot more than that right now.

Hopefully, the healthcare workers and first responders in your life have been getting many thanks for their sacrifices and help during the outbreak. In addition to that, restaurants and companies around the country are showing their appreciation with a little food (and coffee!) to help them power through long, exhausting days. To help them know where they can grab a free bite to eat, we've pulled together some of the best and most readily available deals for both healthcare workers and first responders, including some offers from Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, and even Crocs.

Check back often. We'll keep updating the list as more deals surface.

Free Food for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Cumberland Farms
The deal:
The convenience chain is offering free coffee to people helping battle the COVID-19 outbreak. People who can grab a free coffee any day of the week include "healthcare workers, first responders, and military personnel including police officers, firefighters, active military, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff, and medical researchers."
When: Ongoing

Nando's PERi-PERi
The deal:
Any "nurse, doctor, or healthcare worker" who stops into a Nando's with an ID or wearing a uniform gets free takeout. 
When: Ongoing

Bonefish Grill
The deal:
Starting September 11, Bonefish Grill will rename its Military Discount to the "Heroes" Discount. Members of the military can still get it, but it's also an ongoing offer for first responders now as well. 
When: Starting September 11

Delta Sonic
The deal: Each Delta Sonic location with a brick oven will offer a free meal to "all doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters, and police officers with a valid ID."
When: Ongoing

Steak 'N Shake
The deal: Everyone can get a free order of fries in the "We Are All Essential" program. There's no purchase necessary at all. 
When: Ongoing

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Food Deals for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Panda Express
The deal:
Hospital staff members and first responders will get 10% off any order made in-store at participating locations. (That order can be to-go.)
When: Through December 31

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

Taco Cabana
The deal:
If you work in a restaurant, hotel, grocery store, big-box store, drugstore, or food service industry location, you can get 50% off your order when you purchase while wearing a uniform or showing an ID. The discount does not apply to alcohol, unfortunately.
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. 
When: Ongoing

DiBella's Subs
The deal:
First responders, nurses, doctors, military personnel, and anyone else who works in the healthcare field will get 50% off their order as part of the chain's Essential Workers Discount Program. 
When: Ongoing

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

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

Local Offers for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Brooklyn Chop House - New York City, New York
The deal:
First responders get 20% off their meal when they pick up their food. That's in addition to the many meals the restaurant is already delivering directly to hospitals in the area for free.
When: Ongoing

The Melt - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine, & La Jolla, California
The deal: The restaurant is offering a free meal for medical staff that can get to locations in any of these four cities. 
When: A limited time

Melt Shop - New York City, New York
The deal:
In addition to just delivering food donations to hospital workers and members of the national guard, Melt Shop is offering a free sandwich for takeout to any hospital worker.
When: Ongoing

Paris Baguette - Manhattan, New York
The deal: All Manhattan locations will give free coffee to all hospital workers, first responders, the NYPD, and FDNY. 
When: "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic"

Pop!s Burgers & Shakes - Santa Monica, California
The deal:
Show a hospital ID and get a free takeout meal. Or you can get 50% off through Ordersocialeats.com with the code "INTHISTOGETHER."
When: Ongoing

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Other Offers for Healthcare Workers

Big Blanket Co. 
The deal:
Healthcare employees, emergency personnel, and other essential workers can get $40 off their order of a blanket by going to the link above. 
When: Ongoing

Brooklyn Bedding
The deal:
The mattress company offers 25% off orders for military personnel, first responders, medical professionals, teachers, and students all year long. 
When: Ongoing

Mazda Dealerships
The deal:
Every healthcare worker, no matter the make of their vehicle, can get a free standard oil change and enhanced clearing service at any Mazda dealer in the US.
When: Ongoing

Training Mate
The deal: The LA-based gym is offering a free month of streaming workouts for healthcare workers. 
When: Ongoing

Other Offers Available Right Now

Applebee's
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

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

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 Healthcare Workers?

Did we miss some offers? Let us know about them at news@thrillist.com with "Healthcare Worker 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 reward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery, 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.

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