While many people are staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, many others are in essential jobs and still going to work, perhaps working more than ever. We can only imagine the stress and exhaustion doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are facing right now.

Starbucks wants to help in the best way Starbucks can – with free coffee. Now through May 3rd, doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical staff, medical researchers, police officers and firefighters can go to a participating Starbucks location and get a free tall brewed coffee.

Starbucks stores across the U.S. currently do not have dine-in service, but the drive thrus are open, and delivery service is also available in some areas through Uber Eats. If you qualify, here’s how you can get your free coffee:

“Starting today through May 3, any customer who identifies as a frontline responder to the COVID-19 outbreak will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge.”

Not only is Starbucks helping first responders, but they are also helping their own employees. The company has committed to pay its workers for the next 30 days even if they don’t come into work.

On top of these already generous initiatives, Starbucks is also donating $500,000 to organizations that support frontlines responders.

On March 22nd, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson wrote the following:

“It is the responsibility of every business to care for its employees during this time of uncertainty, shared sacrifice, and common cause. I hope to see many business leaders across this country doing all they can to retain jobs, pay employees, continue benefits, and demonstrate compassion as they make critical decisions. Not every decision is a financial one.”

If you qualify, enjoy your free coffee!

Do you think more companies should follow Starbucks’ lead during this difficult time?