Starbucks donates a million cups of coffee to emergency workers throughout North America
First hand stories from Canada and the United States
Starbucks reached an important milestone today: the American multinational giant confirmed that its partners have now served over one million cups of free coffee to emergency workers and first-responders in various locations in the United States and Canada during the ongoing pandemic. On 25 March, Starbucks partners began giving out free tall brewed coffees, both hot and iced, to healthcare and emergency workers and the company is planning to do so through the end of May at the earliest.
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It might sound like a drop in the ocean, but it's another brick in the wall, adding to the amazing response and contribution worldwide by companies, corporations and individuals. We should never forget that these initiatives are basically unsolicited, in the sense that while they're obviously morally obliged to do something, these private and public companies that operate globally aren't legally required to help – so it's always great when they do.
In the Washington, D.C. area, for example, Starbucks had to shut down nearly all stores. District managers and store partners volunteered to deliver coffee, twice a day, to police officers in 11 stations in the area.
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In Greenville, North Carolina, Starbucks partners have been providing snacks and coffee to medical personnel at Vidant Medical Center. Every day, when their shift is over, people who work in the COVID-19 response unit pick up the coffee and the snacks for their colleagues in the hospital.
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In Airdrie, Alberta (Canada), Starbucks store manager Maria Gaw arranges daily deliveries to two local long-term homes for the elderly, to “just to keep our nurses happy and show that we care.”
In Skokie, Illinois, Starbucks store manager Thomas Winklebeck has been arranging free coffee delivery for fire department first responders.