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Starbucks offers free coffee to front-line responders of coronavirus outbreak

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, companies are doing their part to help those working to contain the threat.

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As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, companies are doing their part to help those working to contain the threat.

Starbucks has announced that front-line responders to the outbreak are eligible to receive free coffee.

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Starting Wednesday through May 3, any customer who identifies as a frontline responder to the COVID-19 outbreak will receive a tall brewed coffee, hot or iced, at no charge.

The company identified front-line responders as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers.

In addition, the coffee chain announced it is donating $500,000 to two health care charities. The Starbucks Foundation will give $250,000 to Operation Gratitude, an organization working to deliver 50,000 care packages to health care workers and another $250,000 to Direct Relief, an organization supporting the delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items.

Earlier this month, Starbucks announced measures including limiting seating its stores and suspending the use of personal cups in response to the global outbreak.