On April 22, McDonald’s launched their "thank you program" to thank the first responders and healthcare workers for their commitment and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to a press release, "Each Thank You Meal will be available at no charge via drive thru or carry out at participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide through May 5. The Thank You Meal, available during breakfast, lunch or dinner, will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side featuring small World Famous Fries or a Hash Brown, along with a note of appreciation. It will be served in McDonald’s iconic Happy Meal box, in the hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food."


The franchises in the North Texas area will be participating in this program. In order to receive the free meal, those that qualify will need to bring their badge identifying themselves as a first responder or healthcare worker.


"As local business owners, we know that our communities need us now more than ever and we’re committed to continuing to serve them," said local Owner/Operator David Floyd. "We are proud to be able support our neighbors who are on the frontlines as first responders and healthcare workers with Thank You Meals."


The frontline workers can choose from a select menu the franchise has selected for them.


For breakfast, they can choose from: a choice of an Egg McMuffin®, Chicken McGriddles® or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and a Hash Brown.


For lunch and dinner they can select from: a choice of a Double Cheeseburger, 6-Piece Chicken McNuggets® or a Filet-O-Fish® will be offered. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and small fries.


"It’s all about saying thank you. The health care workers, the frontline workers, are the ones that are out there everyday, keeping us safe so that we have the ability to keep everyone fed," Floyd exclaimed. "Without them we couldn’t do out jobs."


After one day in action, the program has seen success.


"So far I’m seeing that lot of first responders are coming in. Yesterday our restaurants alone, we did over 400 "thank you meals" out of 20 restaurants on the first day," Floyd shared. "I thought that was pretty exciting."