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McDonald’s to offer free ‘Thank You’ meals to educators this week

The fast-food chain has a free e-card available for people who want to show extra thanks

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McDonald’s thinks educators have really stepped up over the course of the pandemic and wants to say thanks. The chain kicked off the week by offering free breakfast 'Thank You Meals' to teachers and school staff.  

“Together with our Owner/Operators, we're proud to serve the people who make our communities a better place, and this is an important time to say thank you to some of our everyday heroes,” said Joe Erlinger, President, McDonald’s USA. 

“We were honored to give away 12 million free Thank You Meals to first responders and healthcare workers last year and now, with educators going above and beyond, we're excited to recognize them in a way only McDonald's can.”

Free breakfast meals with valid ID cards

The company said all educators -- meaning teachers, administrators, and school staff -- can pop over to any local participating McDonald’s during breakfast hours (5-11 a.m.) from Oct. 11-15, show a valid work ID, and enjoy a free breakfast. 

The Thank You Meals will be served in a classic Happy Meal box filled with an entrée breakfast sandwich, Hash Browns, and a beverage. Sandwich choices include an Egg McMuffin, a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit, or a Sausage Biscuit. For beverage options, educators get their choice of a medium McCafé hot or iced coffee or a medium soft drink.

McDonald’s doesn’t want its teacher appreciation to just end with a biscuit. It thinks some teachers probably deserve more and wants to offer a way for people whose lives have been changed by an educator to express their gratitude by sharing their stories on social media.

“To make sure educators feel recognized and appreciated by all of us, we’re inviting everyone to honor a special educator in their life,” the company said. “Whether it’s your kid's favorite teacher, or an educator making a difference in your community or who has impacted your life, share how they inspire you by using #ThankYouMeal on Twitter, TikTok or Instagram, now through Oct. 15.”

“If personal messages are more your style, people can also download a free Thank You e-card and send it directly to a special educator in their life,” the company added.

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