The coffee company is also donating $500,000 to support healthcare workers on the front lines of this crisis.
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Health care workers, police and other first responders have always been our local superheroes, but now more than ever, they are putting their health on the line to keep us—and our loved ones—well. Chances are, you've seen images of nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals with the hashtag #maskmarkings on social media that depict the grueling conditions and lack of supplies hospitals and clinics are facing right now.

Thankfully, businesses are stepping in to help bring relief—and Starbucks is the latest to step up to the plate. The coffee company announced today that it will be offering free coffee to front-line responders of the COVID-19 pandemic through May 3. Any customer who identifies as a first-line responder will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) for free. (Please don't take advantage of this if you are not a front-line responder, or I will send Liam Neeson's character from Taken to come find you.)

Starbucks partners around the globe have been delivering coffee to police stations, hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes and other locations most impacted by this crisis for weeks, and Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says he wants to make it even easier to help those in need right now. The Starbucks Foundation also plans to donate $500,000 in aid and relief to front-line responders.

"I am inspired by our Starbucks store partners around the world who proudly wear the green apron and who are rising to the occasion. They demonstrate our resilience and our commitment to the communities we serve," Johnson wrote in an open letter to customers. "It is the responsibility of every business to care for its employees during this time of uncertainty, shared sacrifice, and common cause. I hope to see many business leaders across this country doing all they can to retain jobs, pay employees, continue benefits, and demonstrate compassion as they make critical decisions. Not every decision is a financial one."