Thanks to Sara Skirboll, Shopping and Trends Expert at The Real Deal blog for putting this list together of Deals and Freebies for Front-Line Workers. Who thought we would be half way through 2020 stuck in our homes. Not everyone has been this lucky, I know a number of friends and family who are still having to leave their house to go to work, risking their life and their family lives with Covid-19. If you know someone who on the front lines, share this!!
First responders and health care workers can get a free coffee, tea, or Polar Pop Fountain Drink when they show an ID. Learn more.
When: Through April 30
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.
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.”
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. Check out Frontline Sweet Support to learn more.
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. You can only get it through the drive-through window.
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.
First responders and health care professional can get 10% off their entire order. The offer is valid on takeout orders (not for online ordering or delivery) because you will need to show your ID when placing or picking up the order.
When: Through May 31
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 Grill posted this deal on their Facebook page. 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.
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.
When you file during the month of May, all police, firefighters, EMTs, and health care workers can file both federal and state tax returns for free with Tax Pro Go. Just let H&R Block know you are a front-line worker by uploading a photo of a valid badge or medical ID during the tax prep process, and they’ll waive your tax prep fees. Learn more.
When: Through May 31
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.
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.”
When: Through May 12
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.
When: Through May 31
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.
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 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.
When: Through May 31
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. You can also get a 10% discount and cash back through RetailMeNot.
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
The deal: 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.
In celebration of International Nurses Day on May 12, Red Lobster is saying thank you to nurses and other health care providers and first responders by offering 10% off orders at Red Lobster (dine-in or to-go) through May 17. Show an employee I.D. or badge at the restaurant to redeem the offer.
When: May 11 through May 17
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.
When: Through end of may
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 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 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 said in a letter. 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.
Academy Sports + Outdoors is offering 10% off in-store and online to honor military veterans, first responders and health care professionals serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When: May 4 through May 25
Verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members get 40% off their purchases (note: It doesn’t seem that this deal can be used with other promotions or sales). Professional verification is required via ID.me.
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.
Medical professionals and first responders get 60% off any full-priced product. You must first create an Asics account using your professional email.
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.
When: April 30
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. Learn more here.
When: As long as shelter in place is in effect
Frontline workers get a month of free premium access to the company’s services, which include care for kids, aging parents and pets.
When: Free for 30 days once you activate
Cub Cadet and TaskEasy
Cub Cadet and TaskEasy are teaming up to offer a free month of lawncare (two cuts, every other week) to nurses, doctors, paramedics, EMTs, police officers and firefighters on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The service can be reserved at cubcadet.com/heroes.
When: TaskEasy will accept submissions from May 4 through June 30. The number of participating applicants is subject to funding and is on a first come, first serve basis.
Health care workers can use the code SUPERHERO20 for 20% off online footwear purchases.
When: Only as long as stores are closed
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.
When: Through July 1
Emma is offering an additional 10% discount off any order for health care workers, first responders, warehouse workers, transportation workers and grocery store workers. To get the discount, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and attach any documentation that acts as proof of employment, i.e., badge, paystub, contract, and Emma will process the discount for you. Learn more.
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!”
This sports bra company is offering a special 40% discount on bras to health care workers and first responders. Fill out the form at this link to receive your single-use 40% discount cod—which is valid on full-priced bras. Offer is valid for U.S. shipping addresses only.
When: Through May 31
To help support health care professionals, Headspace is offering mindfulness content—from meditations to sleep and movement content—to listen to at any time for free. Sign up today.
HELM Audio has a Tag A Hero and Front Line Hero campaign running. We are giving away two pairs of HELM True Wireless 5 headphones each week until May 31 to heroes working on the front lines to fight COVID19. For those front line workers that don’t win, HELM is offering a 50% off discount through ID.me on their website.
From May 6 through May 10, use the code NND25 to stock up and save 25% on Pit Juice Deodorant, which is natural with no aluminum. Scents come in Orange, Lavender, Cedarwood and Unscented.
When: May 6 through May 10
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.
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 a 10% discount on non-clearance items at our outlet stores in the United States. Lean more.
When: April 14, 2020, to December 31, 2020
Comfort product company Purple has created a special sweepstakes to honor COVID essential personnel, such as nurses, teachers, truck drivers, grocery store employees, police officers and all the others who keep our country running. Simply nominate a hero in your life with an explanation as to why they are your hero, and both people (the nominated and nominee) can each win $5,000 Purple sleep suites, including a mattress, bed frame and pillows. There will be two pairs of winners total.
When: Giveaway ends May 11
This well-reviewed meditation app is making its product free. “We’re giving away premium memberships for any individuals who are financially impacted by this pandemic. Memberships are typically $89.99/year and give access to our 150 world-class meditation teachers, therapists and coaches and 2,500 guided meditations for specific situations and moods.” Email Simple Habit at email@example.com to receive your free premium membership.
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.
When: For three months once you activate the offer
The audio company is offering a 30% discount on Sonos.com to verified health care workers and first responders for speakers and home theater sound equipment. To activate the discount, shop on Sonos.com and find the button at checkout that says “Healthcare/First Responder Discount. Verify with ID.me.” After verified, you will get a one-time use code that is valid for 30% off a single purchase (up to $2,500 before the discount, valid on all Sonos products, cannot be combined with other promos). Add this code during the checkout process on Sonos.com.
When: Through December 31, 2020
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. Sign up here.
Telehealth company Thrivetalk is offering free mental health services for essential health care workers and first responders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit thrivetalk.com/online-therapy for more information and to sign up. For those who aren’t health care workers or first responders and are seeking mental health services, Thrivetalk is currently offering sessions at discounted rates. For example, 45 minutes sessions are $45 (regularly $75), and 60 minute sessions are $60 (regularly $90).
When: During the pandemic
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. Head here to enter your information and receive a code for a free individual or couple’s will valued at up to $129.
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 this news 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.
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.
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.
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. Learn more.
If you know of any more locations giving out deals or freebies, please leave them in the comments, so I can add them to the list.