McDonald’s has a freebie for educators throughout the nation this week.
The fast-food chain is holding a five-day breakfast giveaway for teachers, school staff and administrators who can get a free “Thank You Meal” now through Oct. 15 at participating restaurants nationwide during breakfast hours.
A valid work ID is needed to get the free meals that will be served in a classic Happy Meal box with a choice of one entree, hash browns and a beverage.
The program was inspired by teacher appreciation campaigns at local restaurants and is a follow to last year’s “Thank You” meals for first responders, Jennifer “JJ” Healan, the company’s vice president of marketing, brand content and engagement, said in an interview with USA TODAY.
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McDonald’s first introduced “Thank You” appreciation meals in spring 2020 in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants distributed 12 million meals during the campaign’s two-week duration to paramedics, fire fighters, officers and firefighters.
Healan stated that he wanted to continue the idea of thanking educators from our local communities for their hard work and dedication. It’s a gesture that we make to say “thank you.”
McDonald’s offers free meals for teachers
McDonald’s requires educators to present a valid ID when they visit McDonald’s drive-thru or the counter in order to receive the Oct. 11-15 free meal. Breakfast hours are limited to one person. This can change depending on where you live, but it is usually at 10:30 am.
The entrée choices are an Egg McMuffin, a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit or a Sausage Biscuit. You can choose from a hot, iced or non-alcoholic beverage. You can choose from a variety of menu items.
You can thank a teacher by email
McDonald’s invites its customers to show their appreciation for teachers through a social media campaign that uses #ThankYouMeal, on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter. It runs until Oct. 15.
This chain will feature some of the best messages via its channels, and local owners/operators will surprise teachers by delivering breakfast to their schools.
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