McDonald's is making sure that all healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, don't spend the day without food in their bodies; Therefore, the food chain will offer free Thank You Meals, between Wednesday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a token of appreciation for their selfless service.

While the majority of America is staying home, McDonald’s hardworking restaurant employees continue to serving hot meals to communities that need quick and affordable options, especially those on the frontlines. The company took the opportunity to thank and appreciate the ongoing dedication and commitment of McDonald’s employees who enable McDonald’s to stay open during these challenging times. 

Each Thank You Meal will be available at no charge via drive-thru or carry out at participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide through May 5. The Thank You Meal, available during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side featuring small World Famous Fries or a Hash Brown, along with a note of appreciation. It will be served in McDonald’s iconic Happy Meal box, in the hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food.

“We have been inspired by the way our franchisees have been going above and beyond to support their local communities throughout this trying time,” said Joe Erlinger, President, McDonald’s USA. “I couldn’t be more proud of how our company, franchisees, and supplier partners have come together to give back to those who are working tirelessly for our country. That is truly our McDonald’s system at its best.”

Day or night, these frontline heroes can simply show their work badge, or be in uniform, to receive one of the below Thank You Meal options:


  • A choice of an Egg McMuffin, Chicken McGriddles or a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee, and a Hash Brown.

Lunch and Dinner

  • A choice of a Double Cheeseburger, 6-Piece Chicken McNuggets or a Filet-O-Fish will be offered. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee, and small fries.

To server these brave men and women, McDonald’s has implemented nearly 50 new safety measures to ensure the well-being of its employees and is continuing to explore additional safety steps in accordance with guidance issued by local and national health authorities including the CDC.

“Emergency physicians and other health care workers on the frontlines are spending hours a day on their feet, often missing meals in their efforts to care for their patients,” said Dr. William Jaquis, President of The American College of Emergency Physicians. “McDonald’s Thank You Meal is a much-appreciated gesture for those risking their lives each day to take a break with a hot meal amidst the turbulence.”

This is not the first time McDonald’s has helped and served communities in need. During a past national crisis, the company has donated funds to help disaster relief efforts and providing food for those impacted by natural disasters. “Our restaurants have always been a place for the community to come together and share everyday feel-good moments with family, friends, and neighbors,” said Vicki Chancellor, an Atlanta-based Owner/Operator and chair of McDonald's Operator's National Advertising Committee. “And, now during times like this, it’s more important than ever for our restaurants to continue to serve and help the communities that have supported us for so long.”

Nearly all McDonald’s U.S. restaurants remain open and are offering convenient and contactless ways for customers to enjoy McDonald’s favorites through the drive-thru, carry out, McDelivery, and mobile order & pay with the app.


Since its launch on April 22, McDonald’s has gifted nearly four million Thank You Meals and will continue to support our healthcare workers and first responders with a free, comforting meal through Tuesday, May 5.

Thank You Meals offered at participating US McDonald’s 4/22/20 through 5/5/20. Valid ID required. Limit one per person per day. Menu options may vary by restaurant. Visit the website for more details.