As this global health crisis has evolved, we’ve seen Starbucks partners (employees) across Canada reach out to hospital and emergency staff, firefighters, police, and countless others with incredible acts of support and kindness – and free coffee.
The vast community efforts of Starbucks store partners inspired the company to expand on its existing support for first responders, which included keeping cafés open, in or around hospitals and health care centers to serve first responders, health care workers, and their incredible support staff.
On March 25, Starbucks announced that any customer who identified as a front-line responder to the COVID-19 outbreak would receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge.
As of today, we can proudly say that over the last few weeks, our partners have served more than one million cups of free coffee to first responders and front-line healthcare workers across Canada and the U.S. That number will only continue to grow, as Starbucks announced today that it will extend this offer of free coffee to front-line workers until the end of May.
In Canada, specifically, our partners have served more than 112,000 cups to front-line workers. But coffee isn’t the only way Starbucks is supporting those who are serving our communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this month, The Starbucks Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to COVID-19 fundraising drives set up by hospital foundations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
Amid this uncertain time, there’s been no shortage of good deeds from our store partners who have continued to find ways to support those who are keeping our communities safe.
We want to thank our first responders for all that they’re doing for us. These front-line workers are committed to serving our communities, and we are committed to serving them.
To see all that Starbucks is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit our at-a-glance overview.