McDonald’s Serves Up Free ‘Thank You Meals’ to Teachers and School Staff Across the US Next Week

Next week, McDonald’s is making school day mornings a little brighter for educators and showing their appreciation with a free breakfast Thank You Meal.

Teachers, administrators or school staff can simply head to any participating McDonald’s during breakfast hours from Oct. 11-15 and show a valid work ID for a free breakfast.

“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.”

They can get one Thank You Meal per day, which comes with an entrée breakfast sandwich—either an Egg McMuffin, a Bacon, Egg and Cheese or Sausage Biscuit—and also hash browns, with a hot or iced coffee or soft drink.

Last year McDonald’s launched the “Thank You Meal” program to recognize first responders and healthcare workers at the height of the pandemic. This year, they wanted to honor another essential group “as a small token of appreciation”.

“As a former teacher, this Thank You Meal means the world to me, and I know it will touch my customers and my employees,” said Stefanie Cabrera Bentancourt, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in Miami, Florida. “Educators are the backbone of our communities. They’ve done so much for us, and it’s an honor to join my fellow Owner/Operators across the country to celebrate them.”

They are also inviting the public to honor a special educator in their lives, by sharing on Twitter, TikTok, or Instagram how they inspired you by using #ThankYouMeal through Oct. 15.

Local Owner/Operators will then be surprising some of the teachers with a breakfast delivery to their school.

“We’ll celebrate select educators across the country in big and small ways,” said a company statement that mentioned how they had donated supplies and financial help in the past.