Starbucks is giving back to those who have been giving it their all this year.

Intern Alex and I saw the announcement from Starbucks and knew we had to share this with all of our Victoria First Responders and front line workers.

Since March, Starbucks has donated more than $1 million to support front-line responders who have been tirelessly working to combat COVID-19. They have donated more than 2 million cups of coffee to front-line workers, and the numbers will continue to grow this month.

Starbucks just announced in a press release Tuesday they would be giving out coffee during the month of December.

December 1- December 31, any customer who identifies as a front-line worker fighting the COVID-19 outbreak is eligible to receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge.

This announcement came after a new surge in COVID-19 cases and to show appreciation for the significant efforts of the front-line responder and health care community.

“It has been an extraordinarily difficult year, especially for the front-line responders who are serving our communities,” said Virginia Tenpenny, Starbucks vice president, Global Social Impact. “We want to show our deep gratitude for those who support and protect us every day with a small gesture of kindness and a cup of coffee.”

The free coffee giveaway extends to front-line health care providers, first responders like doctors, nurses, public health workers, pharmacists, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, dentists and dental hygienists, mental health workers (therapist, psychologist, social worker, counselor, etc.), hospital staff such as janitor/housekeeping/security, and active-duty military.

Starbucks is going above and beyond by donating $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to support front-line responders' virtual mental health resources. It also has plans to surprise 50,000 front-line responders with care packages and Starbucks gift cards this holiday season.

The coffee mogul has been quite active in its support during the COVID pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Starbucks has given:
• 300,000 care packages and letters, each with 1 pound of Starbucks whole bean coffee, to first responders and health care workers in partnership with Operation Gratitude
• 120,000 cups of coffee and thousands of Starbucks gift cards to local hospitals and front-line responders
• 110 pallets of K-Cup pod donations to hospitals and military units

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