McDonald’s Proudly Provides for Local Police Officers and Firefighters While They Serve and Protect Us

May 07, 2020

McDonald's bag on the front of a firetruck

Whether it’s a convenient drive-thru meal to provide fuel on-the-go for the night shift or a stop for hot coffee early in the morning, McDonald’s is honored to be a part of the routine for so many police officers and firefighters. During this time of uncertainty, we’re incredibly thankful for the brave first responders in our communities who continue to risk their lives every day to protect us. We’re humbled to continue serving them with delicious meals and a #McFamily to lean on.

Brevard County Sheriff with donated McDonald's meal

We provided over 700,000 hot meals per day to police officers, firefighters and other frist responders through our Thank You Meal program.

This week we announced McDonald’s proudly served nearly 10 million free Thank You Meals to first responders, a value of more than $50 million. We’re honored to have provided this small token of appreciation to so many police officers, firefighters, health care workers and first responders across the country.

Thank You Meals for first responders

Our Owner/Operators are giving back to the local heroes who serve us every day.

In Kansas City, Mo., four restaurants owned by Ken and Cassandra Savage joined forces to show their appreciation by donating breakfast sandwiches to five police and fire stations in the area. The teams were excited to help these heroes start their day off right and with a smile, saying, “We are so thankful to the first responders serving our communities every single day! Our McFamily at the restaurant was happy to prepare delicious meals for our hometown heroes.”

Crew members are making special deliveries at all hours of the day, all across the country.

California Owner/Operator Raymond Costa and his team provided a delicious breakfast including McMuffin sandwiches, Hashbrowns and Apple Pies to the local police departments in King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales, Calif. Each police chief received a handwritten, personalized note from Raymond expressing his gratitude for their service.

“Many are working long hours and have minimal time to grab a bite due to the limited offerings and closures,” Costa explained. “Our intention was to highlight our appreciation of our police officers who are working diligently as protectors of our communities that we do business in.”

Meanwhile in Roswell, N.M, Owner/Operator Nic Snowberger and his organization delivered a delicious lunch of Chicken McNuggets and Cheeseburgers to all fire and ambulance houses in the city. On the East Coast, Edison, N.J., Owner/Operator Ana Madan and her team surprised the local police precinct with a full dinner consisting of Chicken Sandwiches, Cheeseburgers and McDonald’s World Famous Fries.

When a Bolingbrook, Ill., fire station was having difficulty getting food for the firehouse due to limited supplies at grocery stores, Suzy Armstrong, the general manager of the local McOpCo McDonald’s restaurant sprang into action to help. Suzy and her team loaded the car up and delivered essential food items to the crew on duty.

Suzy Armstrong donates food to Bolingbrook, Ill., fire station

And in Chicago, the McDonald’s Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana came together to show their appreciation for local first responders, donating 15,000 cups worth of Columbian Roast coffee to the Chicago Police Department.

In addition to food donations, our teams are coming up with creative ways to bring smiles to the faces of our hardworking first responders. For example, restaurants in Clovis and Fresno, Calif., assembled gift baskets with thank you notes and delivered them to the Fresno Police Department.

We’re grateful for the way these first responders have continued the kindness, partnering with local Owner/Operators to care for community members.  

When the Indiana State Police caught wind that Indianapolis Owner/Operator Zafar Tabassum was making a big food donation to their local hospital, they wanted to help make the delivery for healthcare workers extra special. As Zafar’s team took off to drop off lunch for the entire Emergency Room, they were escorted by flashing lights on a state cruiser. Talk about brightening up the day!

Local police officers are also joining forces with McDonald’s to care for community members who are at-risk. In Middlesex, N.J., Owner/Operator Jack Scari and his team worked with a local supermarket to create care packages for senior citizens throughout town. The Middlesex Police Department hand delivered these packages, and the program was such a success that they’re planning to continue this partnership for the weeks to come.

Police officer picking up a meal at McDonald's

Our nation’s police officers and firefighters continue to inspire us with their courage, kindness and dedication. We’re grateful for the way the McFamily has worked together to support them during this time.

About McDonald’s Corp. U.S. COVID-19 Relief Efforts

McDonald’s approach to challenging situations is guided by our belief that we are all in this together, and our system has come together in extraordinary ways to help each other, our customers and the communities we serve. We’re committed to caring for local heroes who are caring for our country, which is why we’re honored to have served nearly 10 million free Thank You Meals to first responders, a value of more than $50 million. We continue to lead by example as an organization during these unprecedented times, which is why we’ve also donated over $6.7 million in food to support local communities, made commitments to support truck drivers across the country, donated 1 million N95 masks to Chicago and the state of Illinois and donated $1 million to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to ensure non-profits in our home state have the supplies they need during this time. McDonald’s has always been a home base for our communities, and we’re proud to provide calm and comfort to them throughout this crisis. We are here to serve.

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