How Coffee and Food Chains Are Giving Back to First Responders Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
By Paige Gawley
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Companies are giving back to those working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. In recent days, large food chains have announced how they're supporting their community, with Starbucks leading the way by offering a free tall brewed coffee to those who are "working tirelessly to keep our communities safe."
The company also announced that its foundation will donate $500,000 to organizations helping support responders, adding that, in Seattle, Washington, they gave an additional $250,000 to the cause.
Thank you to the healthcare workers and first responders working tirelessly to keep our communities safe. 💚
Inspired by the generosity of our partners (employees), we are offering all front-line responders a free tall brewed coffee at participating stores in the US. pic.twitter.com/e7Z8aRCtMt
One medical worker expressed her thanks to Starbucks for their offer on Twitter, writing, "Being in the medical field during all of this has been so challenging but pulling up to the drive-through and getting told that the world is a better place because of you and getting your drink for free is by far the best feeling in the world."
"We're so grateful for our hospital workers, healthcare providers and those leading meal distribution within our community. To support, we're donating cold-pressed juices & shots to those who are on the front lines," the company wrote. "We're humbled to have the opportunity to help provide on-the-job nutrition to support those who are fighting on all types of front lines including food banks, police officers, & vets to keep us safe."
Sweetgreen also got into the giving spirit to show their thanks "for the hospital workers + medical personnel who are putting others before themselves during this critical time."
"In the midst of the current crisis, we’re dedicating our Outpost operations and teams to support those on the front lines by delivering free, fresh sg salads + bowls to hospitals in the cities we serve," the company added.
Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen free doughnuts to all healthcare workers each Monday through May 11.
"Hey healthcare pros! You all are incredible. As a sweet #THANKYOU for all you’re doing, we've got FREE dozens for you on #Mondays from #NationalDoctorsDay 3/30 through #NationalNursesWeek 5/11," the company announced on Instagram.