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What better way to say thank you than with free food?

Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been this country’s saving grace. From working long hours away from family to saving countless lives, nurses have sacrificed a lot to keep us all safe. Select restaurants across the nation are showing nurses a little love by offering freebies and discounts for Nurses Appreciation Day, Thursday May 6.

Biggby Coffee: Nurses get a free 16-ounce beverage of choice Thursday with a medical ID. While supplies last retractable badge holders also will be given out.

Chipotle Mexican GrillThe fast-casual restaurant chain is giving 250,000 codes for free burritos to nurses, medical providers and hospital providers while supplies last. Sign up at

Insomnia Cookies: Through May 9, nurses get a free classic cookie with their work ID, no purchase necessary. Or they can get a free six-pack with any purchase.

Dave & Busters: Plan to stop by Dave & Buster’s this week? Well, if you do, you can cash in on a good time! All healthcare workers (as well first responders and military personnel) can get a free $10 game card to have some fun with.

Dunkin’: All health care workers get a free medium hot or iced coffee Thursday when they show their ID. No purchase is necessary.

IHOP: For all medical professionals, IHOP is offering 25 percent off meals. You’ll need to validate that you’re a worker in the field though, so be sure to bring your ID. FYI, this deal is only going down at participating locations, so you may want to check in advance.

Jimmy John’s: Get $5 off online and app orders $20 or more with promo code 5OFF20 through June 13. The discount can’t be combined with other offers or rewards.

Juice It Up!With a medical ID, nurses and other “hospital heroes” get a free medium classic smoothie Monday, May 10.

McAlister’s Deli: Nurses get a free tea through Friday when they show their badge or ID. Also, through Thursday, the chain is taking nominations for a nurse to win free catering on its website. Those who submit a nomination will receive a free tea promotion code to use within 14 days but will need to be a member of the McAlister’s Deli rewards program to redeem. Winners will be announced Friday.

O’Charley’s Restaurant + BarFrom Thursday through May 12, nurses get a free slice of pie when dining in with a valid ID. One free piece of pie per check, and the deal is not valid with any other offer or discount.

Outback SteakhouseAs part of the chain’s Heroes Discount, nurses, doctors, medical staff get 10% off their check daily with a medical ID. Military veterans, law enforcement and first responders also get the discount when they show their state or federal service ID.

Panda Express: They’re giving you 10 percent off your meal to show their appreciation. This deal will only be applied if you show your valid ID, so don’t forget it in the car.

The Parking Spot: From Thursday through May 12, nurses get 25% off airport parking and 10% off thereafter at the nation’s largest near-airport parking company with 37 lots across 22 U.S. cities.  Sign up for the “Healthcare Heroes” discount at

PDQ: Through May 13, with the purchase of 10 or more boxed lunches, customers will receive $1 off every box.

Staples: Health care workers and first responders get 25% off in-store purchases at Staples with their ID and coupon code 50668, which is in the weekly ad. Some exclusions apply.

Tijuana FlatsNurses get a free entrée on Friday by using the code TYVM2575 at checkout. Valid ID must be presented when arriving at the restaurant to pick up the order, and the maximum value of the free item is $9.99 plus tax. The chain says it may have a limited menu online and on the restaurant’s app this week because of “projected high order volume” but said items that appear unavailable online or on the app can be ordered in-person at restaurants.

Zaxby’s: The chain with more than 900 locations in 17 states is offering nurses with a valid ID a buy-one-get-one Big Zax Snak Meal Thursday while supplies last.