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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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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

Starbucks
The deal
: If you're downloading the app and signing up for the Rewards Program for the first time, the ubiquitous coffee shop is going to give you one free drink in the form of 150 reward points when you sign up. 
When: Through August 10

McDonald's
The deal:
 Every Friday, you can get free French Fries from McDonald's with a minimum $1 purchase. 
When: Fridays through June 28

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

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

Pollo Campero
The deal
: First responders and medical personnel can stop in for a totally free meal all month. Show up in uniform or flash your badge/ID to take advantage of the generous offer. 
When: Ongoing

Paisano's
The deal:
Any first responder in uniform can get a free meal anytime the restaurant is open.
When: "As long as shelter-in-place orders are in effect"

Pizza vs. Pandemic
The deal: A partnership of three organizations, including local pizza shop delivery app Slice, is taking donations and suggestions for healthcare workers that could use a delivery of free pizza.
When: Ongoing

Chicago Cares Package
The deal:
Goose Island, Lakeshore Beverage, and Meals on Wheels are teaming up to help hospitality workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Pick a pizza shop on this map. Then order online and select the "Chicago Care Package." It can be done once at each location per person and you'll get a pizza, salad, and a six-pack of Goose Island beer. 
When: Ongoing

Burger King
The deal:
You can get BK's new Impossible Croissan'wich for free through the mobile app when you make a purchase of at least $1. 
When: June 30 or until 100,000 are given away

Natural Light
The deal:
If you file your taxes with TaxAct, Natural Light will give you a free case of Natural Light. Get all the details here
When: Through July 15

Red Lobster
The deal:
Order one Coconut Shrimp appetizer, and you're getting a second order gratis when you order through UberEats.
When: Through June 30

Burger King
The deal:
Use the BK app to get a free Whopper with a $1 purchase if you're new to the app. You can also get a free cheeseburger with any purchase, and you don't have to be new to the app. 
When: Through June 30

Popeyes
The deal:
Place your first order through the Popeyes site or mobile app and you'll be able to tag a free Classic Chicken Sandwich or Spicy Chicken Sandwich onto an order as long as you hit the $15 minimum. 
When: Through June 29

Wendy's
The deal:
Use the chain's mobile app to get a free Spicy Chicken Sandwich with any purchase at all. 
When: Through July 5

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. 
When: Through December 31

The Halal Guys
The deal:
Order through Grubhub to get a free side of fries with any order of at least $15. 
When: "A limited time"

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

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The deal:
Get the "Heroes at Heart" coffee and tea or signature regular-size Ice Blended drinks for $3. Purchases of these drinks will benefit the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund and "other impactful first responder charities amid COVID-19."
When: Through August 2

Mrs. Fields
The deal:
Get 20% off any item online with the code "FLAG20." If you're ordering to have your cookies by the Fourth of July, you'll need to place that order by July 1 to get your treats in time. 
When: Through July 5

Pollo Tropical
The deal:
The company has extended its Free Kids Lunch program throughout the summer at all 139 Florida locations. Kids 12 and under get a free Kids Classic TropiChop and bottled water every weekday. You can only grab it at the drive-thru window, and kids have to be present. You'll get one meal per kid, and no purchase is required. 
When: Weekdays through August 28, 11am-12pm

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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Courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts

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

H&R Block
The deal:
Healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters, EMT, and other "frontline workers" during the COVID-19 pandemic can get free tax prep through H&R Block's Tax Pro Go service. Though, be sure to read the fine print to get a clear picture of any other fees you might encounter. 
When: Through June 30

Karisma Hotels & Resorts
The deal:
The company is giving 150 "frontline workers" and their families a free, all-inclusive four-night stay to be used at a later date. People can nominate an "essential hero" to be a winner. Find details at the link above. 
When: Through June 30

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

Cub Cadet and TaskEasy
The deal:
Nurses, doctors, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and firefighters can get one month of free lawncare through the service as a way of saying thank you. That's two lawn mowings, one every other week. 
When: Until all slots are full or through June 30

Other Local Offers for Healthcare Workers

Bobby & Steve's Auto World - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The deal:
Locations across the Twin Cities are offering a free car wash to any medical professional "for their heroic service and dedication during this time." Just flash your ID to the staff. 
When: Ongoing

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.