More companies are starting to give back to the medical professionals who are tirelessly working around the clock during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
On March 18, Uber and gourmet salad company Sweetgreen announced plans to offer free meals to healthcare workers and first responders in the coming days.
Uber will give away over 300,000 meals to those on the front lines in the United States and Canada. “We’re doing what we can,” the company’s chief financial officer, Nelson Chai, told CNBC.
On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that it would be also be offering free coffee to those serving in hospitals and other medical professionals.
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Sweetgreen, the fast-casual chain, gave thanks to medical professionals in a post on Instagram, writing, "We’re so grateful for the hospital workers + medical personnel who are putting others before themselves during this critical time."
The company also vowed to do its part to help keep healthcare professionals well fed during this hectic time: "In the midst of the current crisis, we’re dedicating our Outpost operations and teams to support those on the front lines by delivering free, fresh sg salads + bowls to hospitals in the cities we serve."
Starting Wednesday, March 25, anyone who "identifies themselves" as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, doctor, nurse, hospital or medical staff member or a medical researcher will be able to enjoy a tall brewed hot or iced coffee for free.
From now through May 3, customers working through the crisis in one of these positions can enjoy one free cup of joe per visit at chain's drive-thru or pickup in select locations, since all dine-in cafes are temporarily closed.
Work in a hospital? Stop by your local &Pizza restaurant for a free pizza. All you have to do is present a valid staff ID. Can't leave work? Text 200-03 #HERO to get your pie delivered.
Free food delivery
Many food companies are also coming up with creative ways to help Americans enjoy their food despite temporary dining room closures. In recent days, the following restaurants announced free delivery and other incentives for those practicing social distancing at home.
Uber's food delivery platform Uber Eats is also sending some love to small businesses during this difficult time and nixing delivery fees in some of its markets.
“As more customers are choosing to stay indoors, we’ve waived the Delivery Fee for the more than 100,000 independent restaurants across US & Canada on Uber Eats,” the company said. “We will also launch daily dedicated, targeted marketing campaigns — both in-app and via email — to promote delivery from local restaurants, especially those that are new to the app.”
The company said they hope the gesture sends a bit of sunshine to medical workers who are working overtime to protect the public: "We know that the work of medical and crisis response teams can be tireless, and the hours long; we hope we can help in a small way."
Fried chicken lovers can get free delivery through KFC's website, Grubhub or Seamless until April 26. In-store pickup is also available at some locations.
The fast-casual burrito chain is offering free delivery on all orders over $10 through March 31. Along with the service, the company is also offering a tamper-evident packaging seal to keep food safe.
Moe's Southwest Grill
With many Moe's dining rooms closed, the restaurant is offering pickup options and free delivery on all app and website orders of $10 or more through April 10.
Blaze Pizza is offering free delivery across the country. All customers have to do is order via Blaze's website or app and spend $10 or more.
El Pollo Loco
Along with offering sealed, tamper-proof delivery bags, the company is also offering free delivery via Grubhub at participating locations starting March 25. The promotion runs until April 7.