How to Support Frontline Workers in Toronto

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May 6, 2020

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The frontline workers in Toronto’s healthcare industry, along with other essential workers across a variety of industries, are working tirelessly to keep everyone in Toronto healthy and safe. From free food delivery to hotel accommodations to free grocery delivery, local businesses are stepping up to show appreciation for all the hard work our frontline and essential workers are doing for us.

Here are 8 awesome businesses that are directly supporting our frontline workers

1. Starbucks

Locations: All

Starbucks is rewarding COVID-19 frontline workers with free tall brewed coffee (hot or iced). They have already donated 50,000 cups of coffee! Visit Starbucks Stories Canada to learn more about how Starbucks is navigating through COVID-19.

2. Maker Pizza

Locations: 59 Cameron St, Toronto, ON | 1537 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON

Passionate about pizza? Maker Pizza is offering free small pies daily for healthcare workers and curbside/contactless pickups for everyone else! Check out what else these pizza makers are doing during these unprecedented times.

3. Paramount Fine Foods

Locations: All

For those who don’t know, Paramount Fine Foods actively searches for ways to create social impact. Throughout the years, they have provided donations and sponsorships to non-profit organizations, Canadian charities, and more. Currently, this Middle Eastern chain is offering 50% off to frontline workers.

4. Dino’s Pizza

Locations: 820 The Queensway, Toronto, ON | 871 Kipling Ave, Toronto, ON | 4923 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Dino Ari, owner of Dino’s Pizza is no stranger to helping those in need. The award-winning pizza chain is always looking for ways to help out and give back to the community. They are currently delivering free pizzas to hospitals! See what blogTO is saying about Dino’s Pizza.

5. Nando’s

Locations: All

During this time, Nando’s is offering free takeout for any nurse or doctor with a valid healthcare ID. In addition, Nando’s is bringing catered hot meals to hospitals to provide workers with their delicious Portuguese food. Not only are they supporting the community, but they are also giving 50 free meals per day, per restaurant as well as non-expired surplus food to feed laid-off workers in need.

6. Tim Hortons

Locations: Major Canadian cities

Canada’s favourite chain is currently offering free coffee delivery to frontline workers in major cities in Canada. In addition to this charitable act, they are also providing funds to support sick team members who have been affected by COVID-19. Learn more about their efforts here.

7. Crocs

Crocs have always encouraged everyone to be comfortable in their shoes. So, it’s only fitting that this global leader in casual footwear announced that workers on the frontline of COVID-19 are eligible to request a free pair of Crocs. In addition, they are committed to donating up to 100,000 pairs of shoes to healthcare facilities and organizations.

Request a free pair of Crocs

8. Airbnb

Throughout this unprecedented time, Airbnb hosts are able to offer healthcare staff discounted accommodation. Airbnb is waiving its fees for the first 100,000 bookings. It’s important for healthcare workers and responders to be close to their workplaces and patients during this time.

Find accommodation using Airbnb

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