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Restaurant chains extend free, special offers to healthcare, frontline workers during COVID-19

Free food, discounts help crisis-essential personnel weather storm

Krispy Kreme became one the latest chains that are offering healthcare and/or crisis-essential personnel workers free and reduced offers. Healthcare workers can use the drive-thru and show their badge for free, Original Glazed Doughnut dozens.The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based chain is extending the offer on Mondays starting March 30 and valid each subsequent Monday, ending the week of May 6.

And on Saturdays beginning March 28, Krispy Kreme will add a free, dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts to each order that includes a full-priced order of Original Glazed Doughnuts so customers can share with neighbors and friends. In addition, the free, “Be Sweet Dozen” doughnuts include a special smiley-face doughnut.

As Hooters promotes its curbside pickup, the chain is also extending an offer to healthcare workers and essential crisis personnel fighting tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ll receive a 20 percent discount on their orders. Hooters also offers the same discount to first responders and military personnel, and announced no current end date on this offer.

For its customers, the new, Hooters curbside pickup can be ordered curbside, ahead of time or at HootersToGo.com. Customers can pick up their takeout orders conveniently in addition to any beer, wine and spirit selection where permissible. The Atlanta-based dining chain also offers delivery via its website, or DoorDash and Uber Eats. The TENOFF Hooters discount code gets customers 10 percent off delivery orders.

Sweetgreen has been delivering free salad bowls to hospitals in the markets its serves. In addition, the fast-casual chain also has been setting up its oupost (free delivery) stations in hospitals where feasible.

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Yum Brands also announced it will support healthcare workers across its brands as they help victims of COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to donating $400,000 to Blessings in a Backpack to feed children with food insecurity during school closures, KFC will deliver buckets of fried chicken to healthcare workers and hospitals in Louisville, Ky. Pizza Hut has been delivering free pizzas to frontline workers and essential personnel in its local market.

What’s more, the Taco Bell Taco Truck is going out to feed healthcare workers in Louisville. Newly-acquired Habit Burger is also pitching in, helping provide free meals to the medical community, first responders and volunteers through its food trucks and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Photo credit: Hooters

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