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Starbucks gives free coffee to first responders, health care workers battling COVID-19 pandemic

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Officials with Starbucks announced the company will give free coffee to first responders and health care workers who are battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The company's CEO made the announcement on Wednesday.

Starbucks management said the company will offer free coffee to front-line responders from March 25th through May 3rd.

Officials said The Starbucks Foundation will also donate $500,000 to support front-line responders.

Here are the details around the announcement:

  • Any customer who identifies as a front-line responder to the COVID-19 outbreak will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge.
  • The Starbucks Foundation will donate $500,000 to support U.S. front-line responders with equal donations to Direct Relief to support the delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items.

"I am optimistic that together we can overcome this challenge," said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks. "The human experience is about overcoming adversity by being resilient, and that is certainly on display across the nation. We will overcome this. Our resilience will be rewarded. "

A few people shared their thoughts on the announcement on Twitter:

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Louie Tran

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