Starbucks has stepped up to serve free coffee to healthcare workers like nurses, doctors, and medical researchers, as well as first responders like police officers and firefighters.
The coffee company will provide a free tall hot or iced coffee to each individual up until May 3, 2020. In addition, Starbucks has also closed their dining room, but customers can now order through their drive-thru, online, or using their mobile App. Customers can also receive free delivery on their Starbucks orders with Uber Eats.
Starbucks is responding to the pandemic by sending coffee to locations where people are at risk, like grocery stores and hospitals to show their appreciation. The company is also taking care of its employees during this time by allowing them to stay at home with pay for 30 days, offering them a daily childcare stipend, and offering them mental health counseling.
According to a recent letter to customers, executive vice president, president U.S. company-operated business and Canada, Rossann Williams stated, “Let’s be real. Lattes aren’t “essential.” But in times of crisis, the government asks convenient food and beverage outlets to remain open when possible for pickup, Drive Thru, or delivery. Like grocery stores, gas stations, and other daily conveniences, our stores are part of a support system the government is counting on to be in service to the community.”