Starbucks offers free coffee to COVID-19 front line responders

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FILE – This June 26, 2019 file photo shows a Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh. In a ruling Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, a European Union court overturned a ruling by the European Commission that a tax deal between the Dutch government and Starbucks amounted to illegal state support for the coffee giant. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Any customer who identifies as a front line responder to the coronavirus pandemic will get a free tall coffee, a way for the company to give thanks.

The promotion started Wednesday and will run until May 3rd. The company describes front line responders as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff, and medical researchers.

The offer applies to a tall cup of freshly brewed hot or iced coffee.

The company also said they donate funds from The Starbucks Foundation to aid hospital staff with personal protective equipment and care packages. The foundation will give $250,000 to Operation Gratitude, and Direct Relief. 

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