Lifestyle Food McDonald's Is Giving Out Free Breakfast Meals to Teachers and School Staff to Say 'Thank You' Educators (teachers, administrators, and staff members) can receive a free breakfast at participating McDonald's nationwide from Oct. 11-15 By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 8, 2021 11:02 AM Share Tweet Pin Email McDonald's is showing their gratitude in a big way next week. The fast food giant is honoring educators across the country from Oct. 11-15 by giving them free breakfast. It's all part of the brand's "Thank You Meal" program, which launched in 2020 to recognize first responders and healthcare workers at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. During the two-week campaign, 12 million free Thank You Meals were distributed. Served in a classic Happy Meal box, the Thank You Meals come filled with an entrée breakfast sandwich (Egg McMuffin; bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit; or sausage biscuit), hash browns, and a beverage (medium McCafé hot or iced coffee; or a medium soft drink). The McRib Is Back! McDonald's Fan Favorite Sandwich Returns for 40th Anniversary McDonald's Adds a 'Light and Airy' Glazed Pull-Apart Donut to Its Fall Menu To obtain the meal, educators — including teachers, administrators, and school staff — simply need to head to their local participating McDonald's during breakfast hours, and show a valid work ID. "We're proud to serve the people who make our communities a better place, and this is an important time to say thank you to some of our everyday heroes," McDonald's president Joe Erlinger said in a statement. "...With educators going above and beyond, we're excited to recognize them in a way only McDonald's can." To spread the love and gratitude even further, McDonald's is inviting fans to honor a special educator in their life using #ThankYouMeal on Twitter, TikTok or Instagram. They'll be sharing the most heartfelt stories on their social channels, and a lucky few might even be surprised with free breakfast delivery to their school by local McDonald's owner/operators. And for those shy, a downloadable Thank You e-card can be sent directly to educators. McDonald's Launches US Retail Collaboration with BoxLunch McDonald's. Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. McDonald's has been busy this year. They recently announced that the McRib will be coming back, and added a pull-apart donut to the fall menu. Their star meals were also one of PEOPLE's 50 Food Faves of 2021. The Travis Scott Meal (for the rapper's go-to Quarter Pounder with bacon, fries with barbecue sauce and Sprite) was so popular that many locations ran out of ingredients. The chain has since collaborated with K-pop supergroup BTS—who included sweet chili and cajun dipping sauces inspired by McDonald's South Korean menu—J.Balvin and, most recently, Saweetie to curate meals as unique as their music.