McDonald’s Now Offering ‘Thank You’ Meals To First Responders, Plus More From Today’s COVID-19 Daily

Lucky and Lady providing free overnight pet boarding for frontline heroes, Braves launch 'Home Plate Project.'
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McDonald’s “Thank You Meals”

McDonald’s is offering free meals for frontline heroes, now through May 5, 2020.

“As a small token of our appreciation, we’re giving away free Thank You meals to our frontline heroes. Stop by a participating McDonald’s…and we’ll take care of the rest.”

Click here for more info.

1000 Degrees Pizza launches DIY kit

1000 Degrees Pizza has teamed up with CAULIPOWER to offer DIY pizza kits. Each kit, which can be ordered on the company’s website, includes a choice of 1000 Degrees signature dough or CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Crust, one sauce, one cheese, and one topping.

The Braves introduce Braves Home Plate Project and Meals for the Brave

While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily postponed the Major League Baseball season, the Atlanta Braves have launched two food programs to “meet the additional demand for meals for those in need and support our healthcare and essential workers.”

The first, a partnership with Braves concessionaire, Delaware North, is the Braves Home Plate Project to respond to “food insecurity needs in the Metro Atlanta Area and across Braves Country.”

Led by Chef Pete Smithing, the kitchens at Truist Park will prep food purchased for the April games and create meals for the community.

The Braves will donate more than 25,000 freshly prepared meals over the next four to six weeks (approximately 4,000 to 6,000 meals per week). With the help of food recovery logistics specialists, Second Helpings, Meals on Wheels and GoodR, and more than 20 partner agencies like the YMCA, organizations will receive prepared meals for distribution to individuals and families across Metro Atlanta.

In addition, the Braves will deploy their Los Bravos food truck to join hunger relief efforts underway in communities across Braves Country. The truck is scheduled to visit Chattanooga, Nashville, Gwinnett, Rome, and Albany, Georgia after it’s an initial stop at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on May 1.

The second food program is Meals for the Brave, an effort by the Atlanta Braves, with partners Molson/Coors and Terrapin Taproom, that supports local restaurants with food orders which GoodR delivers to front-line medical workers.

Each Thursday, through May 7, participating restaurants will supply food to Northside and WellStar Hospitals for both early and evening shift workers. An expected 2500 meals, from 17 area local restaurants will be served to medical and support staffs. Additionally, Braves’ corporate partner, Louisiana Hot Sauce has donated $10,000 to Goodr to support their efforts in delivering food to those in need.

Lucky and Lady Offering Free Overnight Pet Boarding For Frontline Heroes

Madison Yards’ newly-opened Lucky and Lady petcare facility is now offering complimentary overnight boarding services for pets of frontline health, medical, and other workers responding to COVID-19 as part of its “Front-Liners First” program.

In a new program, free overnight accommodations will be available to hospital, grocery store, law enforcement, ambulance, and delivery personnel whose pets are enrolled in the company’s Enhanced Day Care.

5Church Reopens For Takeout Tuesday, April 28

5Church is reopening its Colony Square kitchen starting Tuesday, April 28 for takeout and delivery.

The restaurant is offering a mix of “classic” 5Church dishes as well as brand new items and 50 percent off beer and wine⁠. Call 404.400.3669 or send an email to place an order and pay in advance, Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.⁠

Atlantic Station Gives Back

Beginning next week, Atlantic Station will be hosting a week-long Instagram Stories campaign, “Station Shout-Outs,” to thank the individuals on the frontlines of the pandemic.

The property invites the Atlanta community to share stories of the heroes in their lives by submitting an image and a brief note about the impact they are making in the city for an opportunity to be featured on Atlantic Station’s Instagram Story.

Beginning May 1, Atlantic Station will launch, “To Go To Give,” a program that allows the community to help raise money for four local nonprofits, including the Atlanta Humane Society, Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Giving Kitchen COVID-19 Response and the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, through a social media awareness campaign.

When customers order delivery or take out from any Atlantic Station restaurant and post a picture with the magnet on social media using the #AtlanticStationGivesBack and tagging @atlanticstation, Atlantic Station will donate $1, up to $250, to the dedicated local organization of that week.


[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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