Starbucks Gives Free Coffee to First Responders and Healthcare Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Tarrah Gibbons
March 25, 2020 - 12:25 pm
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Starbucks is giving free coffee to healthcare employees and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.

The famous coffee company announced that through May 3, "any customer who identifies as a first responder or frontline worker supporting our healthcare system" will receive a free tall coffee, either hot or iced.

This includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff.

The Starbucks Foundation will be donating $500,000 to organizations donating care packages and medical items such as masks, medical supplies, and other essential items that healthcare and frontline workers require.

Last week, the company made an important announcement in the wake of the global outbreak.

Starbucks said that it would be closing all stores for two weeks and limiting service to drive-thru and delivery only.

Stores across the United States and Canada will change to a drive-thru set up for a minimum of two weeks. This move comes as the coffee mogul continues to try to keep its customers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The company said it is keeping select locations in and around hospitals and health care facilities open.

In a letter to employees, Starbucks executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business, Rossann Williams said employees will still be given their paychecks. The policy states that baristas will be paid for the next 30 days "whether they go to stores or stay home."

Earlier this month, Starbucks considered scaling back its operations by limiting person-to-person contact at its cafes as a precaution to keep customers and employees safe.

As a precaution, the chain has also temporarily stopped allowing customers from using personal cups and tumblers to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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