McDonald’s is showing their appreciation with a free breakfast Thank You Meal for educators.. 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. 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.
McDonald’s came up with the program after hearing about teacher appreciation events at local restaurants. All “Thank You” meals will be packaged in a Happy Meal box, but instead of a toy, educators and staff will receive a thank you note. McDonald’s launched the “Thank You Meal” program last year 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”.
“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.”
Jennifer “JJ” Healan, McDonald’s vice president of marketing, brand content and engagement, said the five-day event is the first “big national thank you gesture” for teachers. “We wanted to build on that idea and thank our educators in our communities for all that they’ve been doing and what they do really every day.”
McDonald’s is also asking customers to pitch in by sharing a story of how a special educator has made a difference in their lives. They are 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.