LIST: Free food and deals for educators during Teacher Appreciation Week

Consumer Reports

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Teacher Appreciation Week starts on Monday, May 3 and ends on Friday, May 7.

Teachers have had to deal with a lot since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and this week, various restaurants and companies are giving back to educators.

BRproud and KETK is doing their small part to honor teachers this week by providing a go-to list for freebies and deals during Teacher Appreciation Week.

The online media website, Thrillist has compiled a list and some of the highlights are listed below:

Free Food for Teachers:


Some locations are giving teachers and school administrators with ID a free sandwich Tuesday.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen:

From Monday through Friday, teachers dining in can get a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entrée. No coupon is needed.

Insomnia Cookies:

Teachers can get a free classic cookie with their ID at Insomnia Cookies, now through May 9.

McAlister’s Deli: Get a free tea May 4-7

McAlisters will be offering free tea for teachers and nurses From Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7.

Teachers and nurses will need to show a valid employee ID, Badge of proof of employment to receive a free 32 oz tea. The offer will not be valid for flavored shots or other beverages.

The officer is limited one per person for dine in and takeout orders only. Valid at participating locations including Tyler, Longview, Athens and Lufkin.

The deal: Teachers can snag a free large drink or Slush with any purchase when they use the code “TEACHERS” while ordering online or through the Sonic app.
When: Through May 9

Other Food Deals Available Right Now:

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal: Teachers and school staff can trim 20% off their order at participating sports bar locations all week.
When: May 3-7


Select locations are offering teachers location-specific promotions on Tuesday and others are celebrating for a week. Contact your local Chick-Fil-A for more information.


Teachers, faculty and other school staff with a valid school ID can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one free offer from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday. The deal is on burritos, bowls, salads, and orders of tacos and for in-restaurant orders only and available for educators at all levels.

Cracker Barrel
The deal: Purchase the All-Day Pancake Breakfast Family Meal Basket or Sunday Homestyle Chicken Family Meal Basket for Mother’s Day weekend to get a $10 bonus gift card that can be used anytime from May 8 to June 13.
When: May 7-9


Free McFlurry: Try the new Caramel Brownie McFlurry for free May 4 with app deal

Dates of the teacher deals and participation can vary by location. Most offers require teachers to show a school ID.

To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.

Red Lobster
The deal: Drop $50 on a Red Lobster gift card and you’ll get a bonus coupon for $10 off a in-restaurant, To Go, or delivery order that hits a $30 minimum. That coupon can be used anytime in July or August.
When: Through June 30

Smoothie King
The deal: Get $0 delivery fees when you order through its website or mobile app. You’ll also have to hit the $10 minimum.
When: Through May 15

The deal: If you buy $25 in gift cards in-restaurant or online, you’ll get a coupon for a free six-inch sub that can be redeemed from July 1 to August 30.
When: Through June 30

Taco Bell: Get a free taco May 4:

Taco Bell says it has created a new “lunar phase” that it has dubbed “Taco Moon.”

And since the fast-food chain says the moon will look like a taco on Tuesday, it will offer free tacos around the world. In the U.S., the free tacos will be crunchy, the chain said in a news release.

But when the offer is available depends on how you order it.

The free taco is available all day Tuesday when ordering online or through the app, and it’s available from 8 to 11:59 p.m. when ordering in-store.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, which is Cinco de Mayo, Taco Bell will also offer its rewards members 150 bonus points on the $5 Build Your Own Cravings Box and the $15 Build Your Own Taco Party Pack.

The deal: Buy a Premium Hamburger and get another one for a buck inside the Wendy’s app.
When: Through May 23

USA TODAY followed suit and created their own list which focuses more on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Teacher Appreciation Day is on Tuesday, May 4 and below you will find some of the deals listed by USA TODAY:

Non-Food Deals


Teachers cam get 20% off in-store at Staples when they present a valid school ID

Office Depot:

From Sunday through Saturday, teachers who are Office Depot and OfficeMax Rewards members will receive 25% back in rewards on a qualifying purchase when they present a unique coupon and rewards number at checkout. The coupon will be available online at beginning Sunday.

Year-Round Deals


Special education pricing on computers and other products for students and educators.

Barnes and Noble:

20-25 percent off publishers’ list price on all purchases for classroom use.

Banana Republic:

15 percent off full-priced in-store purchases with valid student or teacher ID.

J. Crew:

15 percent off online purchases for teachers and students.

West Elm:

15 percent off your next purchase when you sign up with an .edu email address.

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