Front-Line Workers Can Get Free Coffee at Starbucks
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Starbucks is offering free coffee to those working on the front lines.
The company shared the news in a statement saying,
"Through May 3, any customer who identifies as a front-line responder to the COVID-19 outbreak will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge."
Starbucks says they're donating $500,000 to support U.S. front-line responders with equal donations to Direct Relief to support the delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items and to Operation Gratitude to deliver 50,000 care packages and handwritten letters to first responders and health care workers.
In the statement, Starbucks doesn't clarify what a "front-line" worker is, but as MLive reports "police, firefighters, EMS, hospital workers, grocery and supply chain workers and delivery services are among those deemed 'essential' by the government." You can find what the state of Michigan defines as an "essential businesses" here.
This news follows Starbucks announcement over the weekend that they'd be shifting to drive-thru only in response to COVID-19.