Coronavirus: Starbucks giving free coffee to healthcare workers, first responders

Starbucks also said the Starbucks Foundation is donating $500,000 for care packages and medical equipment for U.S. frontline responders.

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The Starbucks Foundation has donated more than $1 million since March to support front-line responders with the delivery of personal protective equipment, essential medical items, care packages and handwritten letters as well as mental health resources.

In a blog post, Starbucks said around the world its employees have been delivering coffee to hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes and first responders.

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Starbucks is serving up free coffee for first responders and healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The coffee giant announced Wednesday that through May 3 “any customer who identifies as a first responder or frontline worker supporting our healthcare system” will receive a free tall brewed coffee, either hot or iced.

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

In a blog post, Starbucks said around the world its employeeshave been delivering coffee to hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes and first responders.

Starbucks also said Wednesday that the Starbucks Foundation is donating $500,000 for care packages and medical equipment forU.S. frontline responders.

Last week,Starbucks switched to a drive-thru and delivery-only modelas it continues to adjust to the evolving coronavirus outbreak. The change started March 21 and is expected to last two weeks.

The companyhad previously announcedit was closing some stores and switching to a to-go modelin response to the governmentcalling for increased social distancing to help contain COVID-19.

Uber announced Wednesday that it is offeringfree meals and discounted ridesfor over 25,000 health care workers in certain regions of the U.S. who are helping respond to the COVID-19outbreak.

Contributing: Coral Murphy and Josh Rivera

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