Free meals will be offered between now and May 5.

McDonald’s wants to show their appreciation for the healthcare workers and first responders who have been putting in long hours as they work to fight the spread of coronavirus and treat thousands of patients every day. 

The company announced that they will be offering a free thank you meal to first responders and healthcare workers through Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Frontline workers can show their work badge or be in their work uniform to receive the meals at participating locations. There's a limit of one meal per person each day.

The meal options include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and meals will be served in a Happy Meal box, along with a note of appreciation, in the hopes of also serving up a smile to frontline workers. The meals are available completely free through the drive-through or carry out at participating locations across the country. 


  • A choice of an Egg McMuffin®, Chicken McGriddles® or a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit. All options come with any size soft drink, tea, or hot coffee, and a Hash Brown.

Lunch and Dinner

  • A choice of a Double Cheeseburger, 6-Piece Chicken McNuggets®, or a Filet-O-Fish® will be offered. All options come with any size soft drink, tea, or hot coffee, and small fries. 

We know how tired and overworked the medical and first responder community are these days, and this is a perfectly delicious way to say thank you. 

“Emergency physicians and other health care workers on the frontlines are spending hours a day on their feet, often missing meals in their efforts to care for their patients,” said Dr. William Jaquis, President of The American College of Emergency Physicians. “McDonald’s Thank You Meal is a much-appreciated gesture for those risking their lives each day to take a break with a hot meal amidst the turbulence.”

McDonald’s has donated one million N95 masks in Illinois to the COVID-19 efforts, as well as donated food and other funds as part of their response to the pandemic. 

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