Everywhere Nurses Can Get Free & Cheap Food for Nurse Appreciation Week

Nurses deserve some proper appreciation. These deals are a start.

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Courtesy of Sonny's BBQ

National Nurses Week has arrived, as it does every year. It should not require a week with a flashing sign to get some appreciation for the hard-working nurses around the country who take care of us and our loved ones. After the last couple of years, it shouldn't require much explanation as to why the week exists.

Many restaurants have noted that and seen the absurd appreciation gifts nurses have posted online. Those spots are offering free food and deals for nurses throughout National Nurses Week for some balance. We pulled together some of the best deals you'll find to make it as easy as possible for nurses to find the deals that appeal to them most. 

Here are all the best deals available to nurses and other healthcare workers during National Nurses Week.

Free Food for Nurses

Sonny's BBQ
The deal:
Any nurse who verifies their eligibility gets a free Pork Big Deal meal. Once you're verified, you'll get the coupon via email. 
When: May 9-12

Johnny Rockets
The deal: Teachers and healthcare workers with a valid ID can grab an Original or Deluxe Shake for free with any purchase in-store. 
When: Through May 10

Juice It Up!
The deal: Healthcare workers get a free medium Classic Smoothie of their choice. You don't have to buy anything. 
When: May 9

Zaxby's
The deal: Nurses and teachers can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal on Boneless Wings Meals. 
When: May 3

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
The deal: When nurses order an entrée, they can grab a free cookie or regular-sized drink. 
When: May 6-12

Great American Cookies
The deal: Make a purchase and get a free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie if you're a teacher or nurse. 
When: Through May 6

Marble Slab Creamery
The deal: Teachers and nurses can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal on small ice creams.
When: Through May 6

nurse week food deals
Courtesy of Johnny Rockets

Food Deals for Nurses

PDQ
The deal:
Take $1 off each boxed lunch when you purchase 10 or more through the PDQ catering portal. 
When: May 1-15

Sales for Nurses

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

Samsung
The deal:
The First Responder Offers Program offers nurses and other first responders up to 30% off phones, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, and more. 
When: May 6

Sleep Number
The deal:
Sleep Number has a lot of deals going for people who deserve a little more appreciation. Members of the military, first responders, health care professionals, and educators can take 20% off select mattresses, bases, and bedding. 
When: April 26 - June 6

Snibbs
The deal: The comfy shoes are available with a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal.
When: Through May 12

Other Deals Available During National Nurses Week

Wendy's
The deal: Use Wendy's app to get buy-one-get-one-for-$1 Premium Burgers or chicken sandwiches. 
When: Through May 31

Del Taco
The deal: The chain is offering a free Cheddar Chicken Roller when you spend at least $3 at a Del Taco while Mercury is in retrograde. 
When: Through June 2

Wendy's
The deal: For National Foster Care Month, grab a complimentary beverage of any size through Wendy's app with an order. Each time this is done, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper will donate to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption up to $500,000. It refreshes daily so that you can grab a free drink every day in May. 
When: Through May 31

Pizza Hut
The deal: Get a Tastemaker with three toppings for $10 right now. 
When: Through June 12

KFC
The deal: 
Get a free KFC Chicken Sandwich with a purchase of at least $12 through the KFC mobile app. 
When: Through June 5

Fleming's Steakhouse
The deal:
Spend $100 on a gift card, and Fleming's will pass along a bonus card worth $20. 
When: Through June 19

7-Eleven
The deal:
7Rewards members can grab three of the shop's new Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas and a coffee for $4. 
When: Through May 24

Red Lobster
The deal:
Spend $50 on a Red Lobster gift card to get a coupon for $10 off an order of at least $30.
When: Through June 26

Marco's Pizza
The deal: Take 25% off your first order after downloading Marco's Pizza app. 
When: Ongoing

IHOP
The deal: Drop at least $25 on gift cards, and you'll get a bonus card worth $5. 
When: Through July 17

Hungry Howie's
The deal: Get Howie Bread for a dollar with any online carryout order that hits the $15 minimum. Use the code "CINCO."
When: May 2-8

Wendy's
The deal: Use the app to get a free small order of fries with any Biggie Bag purchase. 
When: May 2-8

Auntie Anne’s
The deal:
Get BOGO pretzel anything if you’re Pretzel Perks member.
When: May 6-8

Miller's Ale House
The deal: Get a free $10 gift card when you buy a $50 gift card. The bonus cards are valid from July 1 to August 31. 
When: Through June 26

Cheesecake Factory
The deal: Spend $50 on a gift card to get a $10 bonus card that can be redeemed from May 9 to June 9. 
When: Purchase through May 8

Chopt
The deal: Visit your local Chopt four times in May and get your next salad on the house. 
When: Through May 31

Grand Lux Cafe
The deal: Spend $50 on a gift card to get a $10 bonus card that can be redeemed from May 9 to June 9. 
When: Purchase through May 8

Long John Silvers
The deal: Get a free Lemon Bundt Cake with the purchase of any ten-, 12-, and 16-piece family meal.
When: Through June 26

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 offersfood delivery offersalcohol delivery deals, and perks for getting your vaccination against COVID-19. 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 Dustin Nelson on Twitter.