COVID-19: Discounts and Freebies


As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to impact American life, several companies have stepped up to offer discounts and freebies to healthcare workers, students, and the general public.

For healthcare workers


Sweetgreen is delivering free salads and bowls to hospital employees in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston.


Airbnb is offering free or discounted housing to 100,000 health care workers worldwide to help keep their families safe. The public can help by hosting or donating to the cause.


Hertz is offering up to one month of free car rentals for healthcare workers in New York City through April 30th. To claim this offer, healthcare workers will need a valid medical ID, an email under a healthcare domain and a valid driver’s license.


The meditation app is offering free meditations and exercises not just to healthcare workers, but to all employers and their employees to help manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19. 



All healthcare workers can receive a free pair of Tuke Matcha Wool Runners by sending an email to [email protected]. Additionally, when a customer buys a pair of shoes through Allbirds, a pair will be donated to a healthcare professional. The public can also $60 to contribute to the cause.


Crocs’ “A Free Pair for Healthcare” initiative is providing all healthcare workers in the U.S. with a free pair of clogs. To receive a free pair of Crocs, request a pair online by 12 p.m. ET as there are daily limits.

Krispy Kreme

Beginning Monday, March 30 and every Monday until National Nurses Week, Krispy Kreme is offering all healthcare workers free dozens of original glazed doughnuts. There is a five dozen limit and healthcare workers will need to show a badge at the drive-thru window. 

For the general public, Krispy Kreme is also running a “Friends and Neighbors” promotion on Saturdays. For every dozen doughnuts a customer purchases, they will receive a free dozen to share with friends and neighbors.


All first responders can receive free tall brewed iced or hot coffee through May 3. The Starbucks Foundation is also donating $500,000 to support first responders. 

For teachers and students


JSTOR and its participating publishers are expanding free content to participating institutions. For access to free open content, click here.

Age of Learning

Age of Learning is offering free access to ABCmouse, ReadingIQ and Adventure Academy with the help of a school administrator. 


Get free access to more than 40,000 books with the help of your child’s teacher through the end of the school year or June 30, 2020. 


Scholastic has free resources for families, administrators and teachers with up to 20 days of articles, stories, videos and learning challenges that can be completed at home. 


For children under four, Kinedu is providing free content through April 15. The Kinedu app helps with baby and toddler development and has age-appropriate, science-based activities available to strengthen skills. 

Food specials 

Burger King

Through April 6th, Burger King customers can receive two complimentary kids meals with any purchase made through the Burger King app.


KFC is offering free delivery through April 26 for orders of at least $12 for GrubHub users or customers that place orders at


Popeyes is offering free delivery for customers through its app and online orders.

Uber Eats

Uber Eats waived delivery fees for more than 100,000 small restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. The company is also providing 300,000 free meals to healthcare workers in North America through its app.