As COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp up around Southern California, McDonald’s restaurants are treating some of the workers to breakfast.

The fast food giant is offering first responders free meals 5:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 25.

“Thank You Thursday” meals include a free Egg McMuffin and small coffee.

The offer is good at participating restaurants in six counties — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura — for any hospital or healthcare worker, police officer, or firefighter who shows identification, according to a news release.

In addition, McDonald’s franchisees and their staff members are delivering meals to hospitals and vaccination sites. They kicked off the program Wednesday at USC Medical Center, UC Irvine Medical Center, and Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. Upcoming visits include the Soka University vaccination site in Aliso Viejo and Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

Although health workers are in the news, the program was not responding to current events, according to Richard Shalhoub, association president of the McDonald’s franchisee group in the region. There are more than 130 of them, and they operate more than 700 restaurants.

“It’s going back to our roots of giving back, but none of us have ever add this extraordinary situation going on,” he said in a phone interview.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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