McDonald’s celebrates healthcare workers, first responders with free meals

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McDonald’s celebrates healthcare workers, first responders with free meals

By Marianne Wilson - 04/21/2020

McDonald’s is adding “Thank You Meals” to its menu lineup.

The fast-food giant will offer the free meals between Wednesday, April 22, and Tuesday, May 5, to healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meals will be available at no charge to via drive-thru or carry- out at participating McDonald's restaurants. (Individuals show their work badge, or be in uniform, to qualify.) Available during breakfast, lunch or dinner, the meal will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side, along with a note of appreciation. It will be served in the chain’s iconic Happy Meal box, in the hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food, the company stated.

"We have been inspired by the way our franchisees have been going above and beyond to support their local communities throughout this trying time," said Joe Erlinger, president, McDonald's USA. "I couldn't be more proud of how our company, franchisees and supplier partners have come together to give back to those who are working tirelessly for our country. That is truly our McDonald's system at its best."

Nearly all McDonald's U.S. restaurants remain open and are offering drive-thru, carry out, McDelivery, and mobile order & pay via the chain’s app. 

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