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Starbucks offers free drip coffee to COVID-19 front line responders

FILE - This Saturday, March 24, 2018, file photo, shows a sign at a Starbucks in the U.S. Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

SEATTLE (KOMO) – If you or someone you know is on the front line in the battle against the new coronavirus outbreak, Starbucks says it'll provide free coffee for responders.

The offer, which runs through May 3, means any customer who says they're a frontline responder to the outbreak can receive a tall brewed hot or iced coffee at no charge.

Those eligible include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers, according to Starbucks officials.

In addition, Starbucks announced it is giving $500,000 to two organizations to support frontline responders.

Half goes to Operation Gratitude, delivering 50,000 care packages to healthcare workers, and the other half to Direct Relief who is working on delivering PPEs and other essential medical items.