Many of the region’s McDonald’s franchises are offering free breakfast or lunches for healthcare workers and first responders who show their employee badge. Definitely check first but many franchise groups are doing this.
See a recent article from the CEO of McDonald’s below:
“Through this very stressful time, McDonald’s is here to serve communities across the United States. Our customers, employees and communities are counting on us now more than ever to provide them the meaningful support, delicious food and good paying jobs they need.
We are proud that our customers and their families depend on us. We don’t want to let them down. In the United States, we provide critically needed, contactless ways for families, the elderly, truck drivers, health care workers and first responders to get the fresh food they need every day through drive-thru, carry-out and delivery service. And we know this because they’re thanking us for it. One customer from Iowa said this week: “I appreciate the drive thru staying open, it is nice to have a sense of normalcy in these unusual times. Seeing and talking to Evelyn always makes my day better. She is a blessing!”
As the President of McDonald’s USA, I have been enormously proud to see how our independent franchisees have stepped up to help their customers and communities at this unsettling time. Embedded in their communities, many of them are offering free breakfasts and lunches to children who are now out of school. They are offering free drive-thru meals to older people who might be in need, and free coffee to first responders and healthcare workers. They are allowing their parking lots to be used for medical purposes. They are helping to feed people at Salvation Army shelters. Every day, more and more stories pour in that are inspiring and prove again and again what is best about the Golden Arches…. “
“FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The coronavirus pandemic will put extra stress on caregivers of loved ones with dementias, so the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers some advice.
“Reducing stress is always important for caregivers, and even more so now,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO.
“Disruptions in daily routines, social isolation and anxiety are all added stressors caused by the coronavirus, but there are steps caregivers can take to help reduce stress and take care of themselves so that they can continue to provide care to their loved ones,” he said in a foundation news release.
The organization offered these pointers:
- Social distancing doesn’t mean cutting off contact with others. Caregivers can use video chats, phone calls, text messages and emails to stay in touch with loved ones and friends.
- Strive to be adaptable and upbeat. Your attitude can also influence the person you’re caring for, the foundation pointed out. Try to focus on situations in a constructive way. For example, if your loved one’s adult day program is now closed, plan some easy, fun activities at home to keep them engaged.
- Focus on things you can control. That includes following public health guidelines, eating properly, following a routine, getting a good night’s sleep and prioritizing self-care.
- Try to refresh your mind. Exercise, yoga, meditating, listening to music or deep breathing can help relax your mind and reduce stress. Figure out which steps work for you and do them regularly.
- Stay informed, but overloading on news can add to your stress. Constantly checking social media can increase anxiety levels. It’s also important to get your news from trusted sources — such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or your state/local health department. It’s also a good idea to set a schedule for news updates: for example, 6 p.m. every night for 30 minutes.
- Talking about your stress can help ease it. That can include people on your support team, a professional or even a stranger. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Helpline (866-232-8484) has licensed social workers available for caregivers seven days a week to provide support or just listen.
Check the link below for more details on Crocs’ special offer for healthcare workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Thank you for your hard work!
Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts to US healthcare workers every Monday until May 11.
The chain said that these workers only need to show their employee badge at the drive-thru to be given a box of a dozen doughnuts.
“Pick up some free dozens on the way to work for you and your colleagues, or maybe a free dozen on your way home to family after a long shift,” the company said in a statement to the press this week.
The company also said that it would be offering a free box of a dozen doughnuts for every pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery order on Saturdays from March 28. The idea is that customers can offer a free box to a neighbor, it said.
These boxes will be bagged and sealed individually and will come with instructions about how to do a contactless drop-off to comply with social distancing advice.
Krispy Kreme is among the chains and restaurants in the US to be offering deals and free products during the coronavirus pandemic. This is partly to keep these places in mind when shoppers head out to get food.
A group of executives from the US’ major fast-food outlets have been in discussion with President Donald Trump about the important role that their chains could play in feeding America during this time. ”
Playing hallway bingo at this nursing home while social distancing, what a great idea!