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There has been a drastic increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the country in the last few months and hospitals are quickly running out of resources. One major resource are the valiant front-line responders that are battling this pandemic with little to no rest.
Popular Vietnamese sandwich chain Lee’s Sandwiches, known for their potent Vietnamese Iced Coffee and mouthwatering banh mi is lending a hand to those front line responders.
The chain is offering free brewed coffee (hot or iced) and butter croissants to anyone who identifies as a first responder. This includes, Healthcare Workers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and Essential Workers.
Front-line responders can begin claiming their free coffee and croissants beginning December 18 through January 18.
In the last couple of months, McDonald’s has been partnering up with celebrities to highlight special orders based on their favorite menu items. This holiday, however, they’re pivoting towards something a little more whimsical.
McDonald’s is highlighting the favorite meals of fictional Christmas characters in this month’s latest promotion. Even better, all those meals will be free.
Here’s how it works.
Starting Dec. 14, McDonald’s will highlight fictional holiday characters and their favorite McDonald’s cravings (think Buddy the elf and hotcakes) and give away that item for free.
The catch is that this is done only through the McDonald’s mobile app and requires a minimum of $1 to claim the free item.
Highlighted items this holiday season includes the aforementioned free hotcakes, the Abominable Snow Monster’s free Big Mac, Gizmo’s free 6-piece nuggets, and free chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Santa. Not sure why they’re lumping Santa with all these fictional folks, though.
Check out McDonalds.com to see the exact schedule of holiday freebies.
One of the best things about Red Lobster is their warm, cheesy Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Of course, with the current pandemic going on, getting into a restaurant to get free batches of these isn’t an option for everyone.
You do get two biscuits per entree when ordering takeout or delivery, and you can also order extra, but they do come at a price. Red Lobster is trying to give those biscuits some extra holiday cheer by turning them into a gift box.
Normally, according to Food & Wine, getting a set of Cheddar Bay Biscuits delivered or to-go costs $2.79 for six or $5.29 for a dozen. The chain’s new Biscuit Gift Box deal increases the cost for six by a dollar, but adds a special gift box packaging to the order.
They’re meant to be something to gift to others, or just to yourself if you’re craving extra helpings of the biscuits.
Red Lobster will have these for sale on their website starting on November 16th, but they are a limited-edition batch. Once the boxes are sold out, the biscuits will still be available at their normal price.
If you are able to dine in, the biscuits are still free and unlimited.
Voting on Election Day in the middle of a pandemic changes a lot of things, especially because a lot more people are voting by mail. (If you are doing that, today is the last day recommended by the USPS to do so to ensure your ballot is counted by Election Day, by the way.)
One thing that changes is getting “I Voted” stickers for showing up to your polling place, as well as attempts to continue traditions of gatherings after everyone is done voting. Krispy Kreme is attempting to fill both of those gaps with an Election Day deal that includes the iconic stickers.
Anyone, regardless if they’ve voted yet or not, can pop into their local Krispy Kreme and get a free Original Glazed Doughnut on November 3rd. “I Voted” stickers will also be available in stores for those that want to either share that they voted, or encourage others to vote.
For those who are heading to the polls and expecting a long wait, the donuts can also be a nice warm snack to help keep your stomach filled while standing in line.
Regardless of whether you get the free donuts or note, it’s important to go and vote on November 3rd. Every person’s vote matters.
As meat prices soar, plant-based patty producer Beyond Meat is making an attempt to appeal to the masses.
The company will be releasing its Cookout Classic 10-pack, a value of their well-known plant-based burgers, which will be for sale in most Targets and Walmarts nationwide for $15.99.
“The new offering will be available through mid-August, or until supplies last, and is intended to narrow the price gap between plant-based meat and animal protein, making delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based meat more accessible to more people,” said the company in a statement via email.
The release comes at a time when meat prices are the highest they’ve been since 1974, which the brand hopes will leave typical meat-eating consumers a bit more open to trying plant-based burgers.
“This forward-looking pricing represents an important milestone along our journey to make Beyond Meat more accessible to all consumers,” said CEO Ethan Brown.
According to CNN, a secondary, less consumer centric reason is that the company has an excess amount of the patties, which were destined for restaurants pre-COVID, and hopes to get rid of the stock.
This plan is only a part of the company’s ever-expanding reach, as they’ve recently inked a deal with Yum Brand’s (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) Chinese storefronts and tested burgers in McDonald’s Canada. A direct-to-consumer website will be released this summer, as well.
Hounded by restaurant shutdowns or not, Beyond Meat appears to be chugging along and trying to turn a negative situation into an opportunity for expansion.
Whatever the reason the Cookout Classic pack exists, for consumers or for the brand, it does. And, it’ll soon be available at a store near most people. For fans of the product, any sign of the company’s (understandably) premium-priced burgers getting a price slash is a good signal of things to come .
I never thought I’d one day be writing a piece about Sam’s Club that involved the word “small.” If memory serves me, my last visit to Sam’s Club began around noon and ended early evening. The place is simply THAT massive. Size aside, Sam’s Club has been affected by the covid-craziness, too. Efforts to adjust and assist employees have been respectable; they recently approved a second round of bonuses for workers. Additionally, changes to store hours, customer capacity allowances, and shopping slots exclusive to seniors have all been instituted.
While the corona rages, life must persist, and Sam’s Club’s goal is to continue serving their customer’s needs. For instance, students nationwide are preparing to have virtual ceremonies as graduations are approaching. To support and celebrate this year’s graduates, Sam’s Club, typically known for their massive cakes, have announced smaller-cakes for the at-home festivities. These smaller cakes are 10”, can be personalized and still pack all the tastiness Sam’s Club cakes are known for. The best part is that it costs less than $10. That’s perfect for families on a budget. You can personalize your cake with your school colors, a picture and a custom message as well.
Sam’s Club personalized cakes come in various sizes ranging from the smallest, 10” single layer cake, to the mini-two-tier cakes and 15 count cupcakes are also offered. Prices vary depending on specifications as each cake is made from scratch. A 3-tier option exists for larger gatherings but considering the times, that may have to wait until the dust settles.
If you have a soon-to-be graduate, birthday or other type of celebration around the corner, Sam’s Club is sure to meet your cake needs. Orders can now be made from your local club bakery and online.
With students studying online these last few months, it’s sobering to know that they’ll be spending their long-awaited graduations at home thanks to the pandemic.
Here’s a tiny bit of sweet relief, however, as Krispy Kreme is offering high school and college seniors a free dozen doughnuts to soften that blow.
All you have to do is show up at a Krispy Kreme dressed in your graduation cap and gown, or wear clothes that say “Class of 2020” and you will get a free assorted dozen with no strings attached during the week of May 18 to May 24.
Other 2020 apparel that will be accepted includes:
Cap and gown with 2020 tassel
Class of 2020 apparel (t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc.)
2020 letterman jacket featuring senior status
2020 class ring
Graduation announcement featuring name with matching ID
Student photo ID featuring senior status
Other Class of 2020 senior swag
To celebrate the class of 2020, customers can also purchase a dozen “2020” doughnuts that are made to spell out 2020 through icing in three separate rows.
Krispy Kreme’s free graduate dozen deal will be available at all participating Krispy Kreme locations nationwide while supplies last. For any students looking to grab their free dozen, make sure to be safe out there!
Known for their “Crazy Good Food,” Checkers & Rally’s have shifted their focus towards crazy good hospitality.
Now, at all 250 locations nationwide, first responders and medical workers can get a free small combo at the fast food chain, solely by showing up in their uniform.
Each combo includes a small order of fries, a small drink, and a choice of one of the following entrees: Big Buford (which may be the best name out there for a fast food item), Cheese Champ, Chili Dog, BBQ Bacon Roadhouse, Half-Pound Chicken Bites, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Baconzilla, 5-piece Wings, or a Deep Sea Double.
The restaurant’s employees will also benefit from the policy, as they’ve been deemed “essential workers,” and will get a free small meal for every shift they work.
This is in addition to the $100,000 they donated to No Kid Hungry that’s estimated to provide a million meals to children, and certainly shows a commitment to helping the communities that surround each location, which is rare for such a large chain.