Starbucks extends free coffee giveaway to first responders, health care workers dealing with coronavirus

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FILE – This June 26, 2019 file photo shows a Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Starbucks is extending its free coffee giveaway for first responders and health care workers serving on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to USAToday, through May 31, “any customer who identifies as a first responder or front-line worker supporting the health care industry” will receive a free tall brewed coffee, either hot or iced, the coffee giant announced Thursday.

The offer is for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and researchers, Starbucks said. 

Since initially announcing the initiative on March 25, Starbucks says it has served more than 1 million cups of free coffee to the essential workers in the U.S. and Canada.

Starbucks announced the extension a day after McDonald’s launched its own promotion for health care workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Through May 5, the fast-food chain is giving the front-line workers free “Thank You Meals” at the drive thru or for carry out.

Starbucks switched to a drive-thru and delivery-only model March 21. Beginning May 4, the company “will re-open as many stores as we can with modified operations,” Starbucks executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business Rossann Williams said in an April 16 letter to employees.

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