McDonald's Canada is giving out free coffee and tea to all frontline healthcare workers throughout the month of January.
All frontline health care workers, vaccine volunteers, medical testing centre and pharmacy workers, as well as emergency services and military personnel are entitled to a complimentary medium coffee or tea at participating restaurants across Canada, at the counter or in drive-thru, with their valid work ID.
"Our purpose at McDonald's is to feed and foster communities and this effort is aimed at acknowledging those who are doing so much to care for our communities right now," said Gemma Pryor, senior director, Canada Impact Team in a press release. "Throughout the pandemic we saw our franchisees finding creative ways to support their communities in times of need and that's what we're seeing again here today with the free coffee offer."
In March 2020, McDonald's Canada partnered with its independent franchisees from coast to coast to coast, giving away more than one million complimentary cups of McCafé Premium Roast Coffee and Tea. Since then, franchisees have continued to show their support within their local communities, on many occasions providing coffee or breakfast to local healthcare workers and volunteers.
Now, they are bringing back the offer for a limited time amid the continued push for Canadians to get their vaccine or booster, alongside the ongoing challenges of treating and testing patients in the pandemic.
McDonald's says it's a "simple gesture of appreciation" for those who continue to be on the frontline, protecting and caring for communities across the country.