a close up of a doughnut © Courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, dining indoors can be dangerous for you and the restaurant's employees. Check the CDC's Food Safety and Eating Out guidelines to understand the risks involved. Consider ordering food to-go or getting delivery to support your favorite restaurants.Under the best of circumstances, there isn't enough appreciation for teachers. They're underpaid, working in underfunded schools, and are often having to battle to stop leaders at the local and state level from taking away their right to organize or something as simple as the funding for basic programs. It's not an easy job.

This year, the back-to-school season is, to comically understate the situation, complicated. We don't need to wade into the waters filled with representatives and leaders demanding things of schools and teachers that go against the recommended health guidelines in the middle of a pandemic. Suffice it to say, teachers deserve more thanks and preferably the kind that supports the health and financial well-being in the long-term. Nonetheless, both local and chain restaurants across the country are recognizing the difficult circumstances that face teachers this fall. Many of them are offering free and low-cost food to help teachers grab a little something delicious during a stressful time. Below you'll find offers from Krispy Kreme, KFC, and others looking to offer a small thank you.

Here are all the best food and drink deals for teachers available right now.

Free Food for Teachers


The deal:

The chain is supporting teachers across the country with free buckets of chicken through its Back-to-School Buckets initiative. On top of that, starting August 20, you can nominate a teacher to get gift cards from the chicken chain by posting to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags?#KFCback2school and #sweepstakes.

When: Starting August 20

Burger King

The deal:

?Make any purchase through the BK mobile app and you'll be walking away with a free four-piece order of chicken nuggets.


Food Deals for Teachers

DiBella's Subs

The deal:

The Pay It Forward campaign allows you to donate a tray of subs to essential workers at half price. DiBella's will cover the other half of the tray to help you support the essential workers making a difference in your life, whether they're healthcare workers, teachers, or first responders.?

When: Ongoing a slice of pizza sitting on top of a wooden table © Photo courtesy of Alex's Awesome Sourdough

Other Food Deals Available Right Now

Tim Hortons

The deal:

To celebrate the introduction of freshly cracked eggs in all of its breakfast sandwiches, the convenience store is offering Tims Rewards members a free breakfast sandwich. You're going to need to be an early riser, though.

When:?Through March 21, 5-7 am

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Boston Market

The deal:

The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one.?

When: For just a little while

Taco John's

The deal:

The launch of its new value menu includes the option to grab a free Chicken, Bacon Guacamole Street Taco when you order any Pepsi product through the Taco John's app.?

When: Through April 5

Panda Express

The deal:

The Family Meal Deal will land you two large sides and three large entrées for $29. The options include the new Firecracker Chicken Breast.?

When: Through March 23

More Deals for Teachers?

Did we miss some offers? Let us know about them at news@thrillist.com with "Teacher Food Deals" in the subject line,? and we might include it here.?

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza deals,?reward programs, birthday freebies,?gift card offers,?deals on food for kids, food delivery offers,?and?alcohol delivery deals?you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.?Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson. ?

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