McDonald’s offers free meals to first responders, health care workers

Owner Michelle Rodriguez, left, and General Manager Jared Chetta, center, serve a customer at the Suntree McDonald's.

McDonald’s restaurants across the country are offering free meals to first responders and health care workers from April 22 through May 5. 

Among the establishments participating in the plan is the Suntree McDonald’s, located off Wickham Road near Jordan Blass Drive in Suntree. 

"My goal is to provide one meal to every first responder or health care provider in our community," said Michelle Rodriguez, the owner of the restaurant. "I know McDonald’s is expecting to give away millions worldwide."

As part of the plan, first responders and health care workers can receive either a breakfast or lunch/dinner meal. 

The breakfast meal, Rodriguez said, consists of the choice of an Egg McMuffin, Chicken McGriddle or a bacon egg and cheese biscuit along with hash browns along with the choice of a soft drink, tea or coffee drip. 

The lunch/dinner option features the choice of a double cheeseburger, six-piece chicken nuggets or filet o’ fish along with a drink and a small order of French fries.

To be eligible, Rodriguez also said that prospective recipients must show their work badge, ID or be in uniform. Each recipient is only eligible for one meal at the establishment for the duration of the offer.

From a personal perspective, Rodriguez said she was proud to be able to serve those who are helping the community. 

"I feel extremely blessed and honor to be in the position to be able to support those individuals that are risking their lives every day to protect our well-being during these pandemic," said Rodriguez.