Starbucks giving free coffee to first responders during coronavirus pandemic

  • Starbucks giving free coffee to first responders during coronavirus pandemic

Starbucks giving free coffee to first responders during coronavirus pandemic

Starbucks announced Wednesday it will offer free coffee to workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, including law enforcement and first responders.

The chain clarified that this new policy includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff, and medical researchers.

Starbucks says any customer who identifies as a frontline responder to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge.

In case you've missed it, Starbucks has transitioned to a drive-thru only model for the next few weeks in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and in an attempt to keep customers and team members safer via physical distancing.

The chain has also announced that The Starbucks Foundation, its philanthropic arm, will donate $500,000 to US frontline responders.

In the same release announcing its deal for front-line responders, Starbucks further confirmed that it had donated $500,000 total to Operation Gratitude and Direct Relief, two organizations that work to help those same responders. "Building on this commitment, Starbucks announced it will offer free coffee to frontline workers until May 3".

Starbucks has closed all its company-operated cafes across the USA and Canada and shifted to a drive-thru operating model to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The company previously said all Starbucks U.S. and Canada retail partners will be paid for the next 30 days regardless of whether their store is closed.