McDonald’s Celebrates Healthcare Workers and First Responders with Free “Thank You Meals”Front-line

Updated: May 1



April 21, 2020 — In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, McDonald’s will offer free Thank You Meals*, between Wednesday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a token of appreciation for their selfless service.

While the majority of America is staying home, McDonald’s has remained open, with our franchisees and hardworking restaurant employees serving hot meals to communities who need quick and affordable options, especially those on the frontlines such as healthcare workers and first responders. The company is grateful for the ongoing dedication and commitment of McDonald’s employees who enable McDonald’s to stay open to serve our communities during these challenging times.

Each Thank You Meal will be available at no charge via drive-thru or carry out at participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide through May 5. The Thank You Meal, available during breakfast, lunch or dinner, will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side featuring small World Famous Fries or a Hash Brown, along with a note of appreciation. It will be served in McDonald’s iconic Happy Meal box, in the hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food.

Day or night, these frontline heroes can simply show their work badge to receive one of the below Thank You Meal options:

Breakfast

A choice of an Egg McMuffin®, Chicken McGriddles® or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and a Hash Brown.

Lunch and Dinner

A choice of a Double Cheeseburger, 6-Piece Chicken McNuggets® or a Filet-O-Fish® will be offered. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and small fries.

Local Franchisee Owners Weigh In

“The local McDonald’s owner-operators in New Orleans have joined forces to offer free meals for first responders at every location in the city. We wanted to give back to those who are sacrificing their own health and spending time away from their families to keep our community safe.” - Louis Colin, New Orleans McDonald's Franchisee and former NOPD

“Healthcare workers and first responders in Baton Rouge and across the country are working tirelessly to keep our communities healthy and safe. As a small gesture of our appreciation, healthcare workers and first responders are invited to visit their local McDonald’s from now until May 5 for a free meal.”- Michael Valluzzo, Baton Rouge McDonald's Franchisee

"The local McDonald’s owner-operators in Louisiana have joined forces to offer free meals for first responders at every location in the city. We wanted to give back to those who are sacrificing their own health and spending time away from their families to keep our community safe.” - Nicholas Valluzzo, Baton Rouge McDonald's Franchisee

During past times of national crisis, McDonald’s has helped and served communities in need, from donating funds to disaster relief efforts to providing food for those impacted by natural disasters. McDonald’s commitment to feeding the nation’s healthcare workers and first responders throughout the current pandemic is a continuation of that dedication. Additionally, McDonald’s local franchises have also been working throughout this crisis to support the thousands of communities their restaurants call home.

Serving these brave men and women would not be possible without McDonald’s dedicated and unwavering restaurant employees, who are also doing their part to help during this time. McDonald’s employees are the heart of the business, and their health and safety has been and will continue to be, the company’s top priority. McDonald’s has implemented nearly 50 new safety measures to ensure the well-being of its employees and continuing to explore additional safety steps in accordance with guidance issued by local and national health authorities including the CDC.

Nearly all McDonald’s U.S. restaurants remain open and are offering convenient and contactless ways for customers to enjoy McDonald’s favorites through the drive-thru, carry out, McDelivery, and mobile order & pay with our app.

*Thank You Meals offered at participating US McDonald’s 4/22/20 through 5/5/20. Valid ID required. Limit one per person per day. Menu options may vary by restaurant.

Visit McDonalds.com for more details.

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