This January, McDonald’s Canada is offering all frontline healthcare workers, vaccine volunteers, medical testing centre, and pharmacy workers as well as emergency services and military personnel a complimentary medium tea or coffee.
“Our purpose at McDonald’s is to feed and foster communities and this effort is aimed at acknowledging those who are doing so much to care for our communities right now,” said Gemma Pryor, senior manager, Canada Impact Team with McDonald’s Canada. “Throughout the pandemic we saw our franchisees finding creative ways to support their communities in times of need and that’s what we’re seeing again here today with the free coffee offer.”
In March 2020, McDonald’s Canada partnered with its independent franchisees to give away more than one million complimentary cups of coffee and tea. Since then, franchisees have continued to show their support within their local communities, on many occasions providing coffee or breakfast to local healthcare workers and volunteers.
“Now, we are bringing back the offer for a limited time amid the continued push for Canadians to get their vaccine or booster, alongside the ongoing challenges of treating and testing patients in the pandemic. It’s a simple gesture of appreciation for those who continue to be on the frontline, protecting and caring for our communities across the country,” Pryor said.
The company has also announced it will once again accept guests’ own reusable travel mugs later this month in Vancouver, B.C.
“Protecting the health and well-being of crew and guests has been top priority throughout the pandemic. With that in mind, the company has continued to assess the right time to reintroduce the ability for guests to bring their own reusable travel mugs for use at restaurants,” a media release states.
When service begins, guests in Vancouver will be the first in the country to be able to bring their own reusable travel mugs to McDonald’s restaurants. Reusable travel mugs will be handled in accordance with McDonald’s operating procedures for the program. Reintroducing the reusable travel mug program nationally will be handled in a phased approach with updates on timing to follow.