Freebies and Discounts for Nurses During National Nurses Week

May 6 through May 12 marks National Nurses Week—and many are helping show appreciation to healthcare workers with free or discounted food, clothes and more.

Today kicks off National Nurse Week—a national recognition of healthcare workers between May 6 and May 12. Even though many restaurants and stores are showing their appreciation for nurses during the pandemic, many more are spreading more love and giving freebies and discounts.

The national recognition week comes not long after member of National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S., protested in front of the White House on April 21 to call attention to the thousands of healthcare workers who have become infected with COVID-19 due of lack of PPE.

To show appreciation to first responders, restaurant and other stores are offering deals like free meals and free shoes to nurses provided they show ID—although many deals were in effect before National Nurses Week.

One USA Today article outlines some of the brand-name stores and restaurants offering freebies and discounts to nurses. Participation and offers vary by location, and some require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails. The following are outlined in the article:

Adidas: The shoe brand is offering 40 percent off purchases on their website for verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members. Eligible customers can verify their IDs by visiting

Chipotle: Health care workers can get a free burrito starting on May 6. Eligibility requirements are available on Chipotle’s offer website.

Circle K: Free coffee and tea is available to first responders, health care workers and to their store employees. Those who wish to take advantage of the offer must show a valid ID.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: The coffee chain is treating all healthcare workers to a free brewed coffee of any size or any tea. Eligible clients can also have $1 off any specialty beverages.

Crocs: Free shoes are available for health care workers every day on Crocs’ website at 12 p.m. ET. The freebie is available through the offer website.

Dunkin’: Health care workers craving Dunkin’ can get a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free doughnut when visiting operating locations on May 6. There is no purchase necessary to get this offer.

H&R Block: Medical professionals and first responders in the U.S can file both federal and state tax returns for free using H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go. The offer is available for the month of May.

Hooters: A 20 percent off discount on all food takeout orders is available every day for health care workers, first responders and military until further notice. A valid form of ID required.

Krispy Kreme: First responders can get free dozens every Monday from March 30 through May 11. Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, show your employer badge and collect your doughnuts.

McDonald’s: Health care workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics across the country can get free Thank You Meals from McDonald’s. The offer is available all day through May 5.

Mrs. Fields: Get 25 percent off the ‘Heroes Collection’ of cookie cakes and tins with the code NURSES. The code is valid through May 31st.

Nike: Eligible medical professionals and first responders in the U.S. can get a 20 percent off discount through Nike’s online store. Customers can receive the discount by visiting

The North Face: From April 14 to Dec. 31 North Face is offering a 50 percent discount to health care workers in the U.S. To verify eligibility, health care workers can visit the offer page.

Outback: A 10 percent off discount is available to nurses, doctors and medical staff, first responders and military. Plus, delivery is free for a limited time. A valid medical, state or federal service ID is required.

ShearComfort: ShearComfort is proud to offer a 22 percent discount off the regular price on all Custom Seat Covers to all Emergency & Essential Service Workers who are keeping us and our communities safe from COVID-19. Emergency, Essential Service and Healthcare Professionals are on the front lines right now. To help keep your vehicle(s) clean and sanitized, we are happy to offer an Essential Service and Healthcare Worker Discount on our products. This is our small way of saying "Thank You" during these uncertain times. Visit ShearComfort's page for more details. 

Sheetz: Nurses and first responders can get a free extra kick of coffee with Sheetz’s new offer. Hospital workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics can get the freebie through June 1, 2020 at locations across the country.

Snickers: Coupons for free Snickers bars are available for essential workers, who may validate the coupons at a Walmart. To send a coupon to an essential worker, customers can visit

Starbucks: The coffee giant is giving free coffee to customers who identify as a frontline worker to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Talkspace: A free month of therapy for doctors, nurses, social workers and frontline workers is available through Talkspace. To access this benefit, register with an NPI and/or work badge after downloading the Talkspace app.

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