All The Discounts & Freebies Available For Frontline Workers Right Now
By Emily Lee
April 29, 2020
In an effort to thank all the frontline workers for keeping us safe during these unprecedented times, many brands are offering special promotions just for them. Thanks to RetailMeNot, we've got all the information on where frontline workers can receive deals, discounts and freebies for all their hard work and sacrifice during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. From Crocs to McDonalds, there's something here for every frontline work to enjoy.
Bath & Body Works: Shop hand soaps on sale for 4 for $20 or 6 for $26 Bath & Body Works. Available through April 30.
Circle K: First responders and health care workers can get a free coffee, tea, or Polar Pop Fountain Drink when they show an ID. Available through April 30.
Cumberland Farms: Health care workers, first responders and military personnel can get a free any-size hot or iced coffee. This includes police officers, firefighters, active military, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers.
Delta Sonic: Every Delta Sonic location with a Brick Oven will offer a free meal to “all doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters and police officers with a valid ID.”
Dough Donuts: NYC’s cult-favorite Dough Doughnuts is providing free individually packaged treats by the box to hospitals and health care workers in the Tri-State area to add a little happiness and sweetness to their lives.
Fazoli’s: Fazoli’s is offering all restaurant workers a Regular Spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara and a small drink for $2.99 for a limited time. Just show your restaurant name tag, uniform or pay stub to get the deal. Only available through the drive-through window.
Genghis Grill: Health care workers get 20% off their carryout and call-ahead orders at all locations for a limited time. Show a badge or medical ID to get the discount. Genghis is also running a promotion in which health care workers can comment with a “scrubs selfie” while at work, and the restaurant will pick two winners a day to feature and reward with a free bowl.
Hooters: Hospital workers, first responders and military get 20% off. Show your work ID for pickup orders, or for online orders choose the “Pay at Store” option.
IHOP: Get 20% off your entire check if you’re a medical, law enforcement, military and firefighter professional. Just mention this offer when you call in your order to IHOP. Then, show your Official ID when you pick up your order.
Fresh Brothers: With everything going on, Fresh Brothers knows that our first responders, nurses, doctors and other hospital staff are working overtime to keep our families safe. During this time, when you donate pizza to your favorite First Responders or Hospital Staff, Fresh Brothers will match your donation. Call 310.642.0533 to place a donation order today, and give those on the frontline the fuel they need.
Krispy Kreme: Every Monday, Krispy Kreme will give free donuts to health care workers. “Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need, and show us your employer badge. That’s it. Pick up some free dozens on the way to work for you and your colleagues, or maybe a free dozen on your way home to family after a long shift.” Available through May 12.
Macaroni Grill: Send a $10 First Responder meal. To add this to your online order, select the First Responder Meal for $10 at checkout. This meal includes Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti. All First Responder Meals will be delivered by Macaroni Grill every Wednesday before 9 p.m. First Responders include fire fighters, police officers, paramedics and hospital staff. This offer isn’t available at airport or international locations. Available through April 30.
Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill: Naf Naf is giving first responders and active or retired military personnel a 15% discount on their order. Show a valid ID and order in-store. This doesn’t apply to catering orders.
Nando’s PERi-PERi: Any “nurse, doctor or health care worker” who stops into a Nando’s with an ID or wearing a uniform gets free takeout.
Mrs. Fields: Mrs. Fields is now offering 25% off their Heroes Collection of cookie tins honoring nurses and scrub-wearing health care workers (available in 30, 48 and 90 count for contactless delivery nationwide). Use the code NURSES to activate the discount. Available through May 31
My M&M’s: Through a partnership with Operation Gratitude, My M&M’s is sending thanks and special packs of M&M’S to first responders across the country. How to participate: Purchase these packs, which are $1.99 each, and you must order a minimum of 20. But know that your purchase supports My M&M’s $50,000 donation to Operation Gratitude as well as them sending 5,000 “thank you” packs to first responders.
Pieology: Pieology has launched Care Packs to send to medical professionals, first responders, family members, friends or anyone who could use a little pick-me-up. The Pieology Care Pack includes: four 11.5” Build-your-own Artisan Thin Pizzas, one Ooey Gooey Cheese Bread and one Family-Size Shareable Dessert, all for $50. To send a Pieology Care Pack, visit: pieolo.gy/sendlove.
Pizza vs. Pandemic: A partnership of three organizations, including local pizza shop delivery app Slice, is taking donations and suggestions for health care workers that could use a delivery of free pizza.
Starbucks: Starbucks has announced that, “any customer who identifies as a first responder or frontline worker supporting our health care system” can get a free hot or cold tall brewed coffee on each visit. Available through May 3.
Steak ‘N Shake: Get a free order of fries through the drive thru only, at participating locations. Limit one per customer per visit. No purchase required.
Sweetgreen: Sweetgreen is delivering free salads and bowls to hospital workers in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
Taco Bell: Taco Bell has turned its Taco Trucks, which are food truck versions of the QSR, into mobile commissary kitchens that bring food to frontline workers. “While most of our restaurants are operating only through the drive-thru, this leaves some truck and ambulance drivers unable to quickly order from us,” company CEO Mark King explained. He added that the chain is working with its franchisees to make this service available “where possible.”
Tropical Smoothie Café: Tropical Smoothie Café announced that it would donate 100,000 smoothies to local health care workers and first responders nationwide. Medical professionals and first responders can contact their local Tropical Smoothie shop to have free smoothies delivered to their team.
Wawa: Wawa is offering all health care workers and first responders free coffee. Show your work ID or be in uniform as proof of your employment.
Adidas: Verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members get 40% off their purchases. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
Allbirds: When you shop for shoes, pick out a new pair for yourself, and automatically supply a pair to someone in the health care community. This is the latest after Allbirds donated $500,000 worth of shoes, which is about 5,000 pairs, exhausting the supply of shoes the brand had devoted to this cause. Due to demand, Allbirds has pivoted to a “buy-one-give-one” model. So you can bundle a shoe purchase with a donation that will split the cost of delivering a pair of shoes to someone on the list.
Asics: Medical professionals and first responders get 60% off any full-priced product. You must first create an Asics account using your professional email.
BP: BP is offering a discount of 50 cents off per gallon for first responders and health care workers when they fill up at BP or Amoco gas stations in the U.S. To obtain the discount, first responders and health care workers need to visit bp.com/localheroes to verify their identity and will then receive a discount code via text or email that they can enter at the pump. Available on April 30.
Caliber Collision: Caliber, the nation’s largest automotive collision repair provider, is offering medical workers and first responders up to $500 in deductible assistance, free rental car (via Enterprise) for those without rental coverage and vehicle pickup/delivery—whether at home or work. This deal will last as long as shelter in place is in effect.
Care.com: Frontline workers get a month of free premium access to the company’s services, which include care for kids, aging parents and pets. This service will be free for 30 days once you activate your account.
Crocs: Every day at 12 p.m. ET, Crocs is giving away free pairs of Crocs. However, there’s a daily limit.
Dagne Dover: Health care workers, teachers and members of the military all get 20% off Dagne Dover’s collection of high-quality bags, backpacks and wallets.
Danform Shoes: Health care workers can use the code SUPERHERO20 for 20% off online footwear purchases. Available as long as stores are closed.
Dollar General: Dollar General is offering a 10% discount on purchases made by all medical personnel, first responders and activated members of the National Guard. Present your employment badge or ID at the more than 16,300 stores to receive the discount.
Down Dog; All of Down Dog’s wellness, yoga and fitness apps are free for everyone through May 1, but the offer is extended an extra two months, through July 1, for health care professionals, teachers and students. Available through July 1.
Enell: The sports bra company is offering health care workers, first responders and teachers a 50%-off coupon valid on bras. Request your code here. Available through May 30
Lovesac: Right now, all medical professionals, first responders, military personnel and teachers can get 40% off their entire order at Lovesac.com.
Medelita: Get 30 percent off scrubs with code: FRONTLINES. Medelita was founded by a PA and complies with CDC guidelines (can be washed in the hottest temperature every single day and not lose durability), and the products have a 365-day warranty.
Nike: First responders and medical professionals (including technicians and researchers) get 20% off (usually this discount is 10%) most items on Nike’s website. The discount can be used up to four times per month, and Nike uses SheerID to verify employment status.
The North Face: Health care workers in the United States get a 50% discount. This can be used for the purchase of non-sale items on thenorthface.com and at The North Face–owned retail stores in the United States. Health care workers can also get a10% discount on non-clearance items at our outlet stores in the United States. Available from April 14 through December 31.
Free Hooks for Masks: Medical friends can get free hooks for masks to make them more comfortable to wear all day long. These are made of acrylic and very easy to sanitize as well as durable to last a long time. Please fill out this form to request any you may need for you and/or co-workers. “No cost to you at all. Any donations made for them will be used to purchase additional material to cut more. We have a long road ahead of us, and I appreciate each of you more than you know!”
Reebok: First responders, teachers, nurses and military all get 50% off their purchases, with no item exceptions.
Sittercity: All those working on the front lines of the crisis are eligible for three free months of Sittercity Premium, which connects families with trusted child care. Available for three months once you activate the offer
Speeko: If you’re a health care or public health professional working on the frontline, public speaking app Speeko wants to offer you a free subscription to the Speeko mobile app (iOS only). This is like “a gym membership for your voice.” Get access to a library with more than 100 activities, ranging from storytelling to giving online presentations.
Tuft & Needle: Tuft & Needle is providing first responders and the military with 15% off their purchase.
Trust & Will: We’re offering all U.S. health care professionals who work in public health settings free access to a complete Will-Based Estate Plan, for themselves and their spouses. Enter your information HERE and receive a code for a free individual or couple’s will valued at up to $129.
Uber: Uber Health will provide transportation for front-line health care workers, both to and from patients’ homes as well as between health care facilities, according to a press release. In the U.S., Uber is partnering with 1199SEIU, one of the country’s largest health care unions, to make sure their members can get to work. They’re also committing 300,000 free meals on Uber Eats to first responders and health care workers in the U.S. and Canada, 100,000 in London and 25,000 in Australia and New Zealand.
Under Armour: Right now, Under Armour is recognizing those on the front lines by offering a 40% off discount for military members, first responders, health care workers and teachers. Just choose Military and First Responder Discount at checkout to get your discount.
Verizon: Starting April 23, for new or existing Verizon customers,Verizon will expand wireless unlimited pricing to nurses and teachers. Both join active-duty military, veterans and people who work as first responders who already enjoying this pricing. Wireless unlimited plans will be as low as $30/mo per line for four lines, and Fios 200Mbps internet as low as $34.99/mo. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Verizon has committed $45 million in contributions and donations to non-profits directed at serving students, health care workers, first responders and small businesses.
Vineyard Vines: Medical workers get 15% off their orders. A professional ID is required, and it will take one to two hours to be approved and receive your discount code.
Walgreens: Walgreens announced that it is designating April 25 as “Frontline Heroes Discount Day,” and will give first responders, police and medical personnel 30% off regularly-priced Walgreens brands and 20% off regularly priced national brand products. Available through April 25.
Photo: Tropical Smoothie Cafe