Teachers' jobs are harder than ever now, so it's more important now than ever to honor and celebrate them.

Dustin Nelson

This article is from Thrillist

Credit: Courtesy of Grimaldi's

We all (hopefully) feel awfully appreciative of healthcare workers right now. However, there are, of course, a mountain of other people that deserve an implied high five for the work they're doing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Teacher Appreciation Week starting on Monday, May 4, it's worth remembering that teachers are in a tough position as well.

Teachers pretty much always deserve more appreciation than they're getting, but it's an especially hard time for them this spring. Whether they're still in classrooms and putting themselves at risk or reworking their plans to teach students online, it's a great time to let teachers you know you appreciate the hell out of what they're doing. Like most years -- even if this year is very much not like most years -- there are food deals available to teachers as a way of saying thanks. You'll find offers from Insomnia Cookies, Schlotzsky's, Grimaldi's, and many other places. 

Here's our running list of the best food deals available throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. By the way, this weeklong celebration of educators happens to overlap a bit with National Nurses Week, which comes with its own long list of deals and freebies for healthcare works. 

Free Food for Teacher Appreciation Week

&Pizza
The deal:
Teachers can get BOGO pizza by texting their faculty ID to 200-03. Parents can get in on the deal by texting that number a photo of themselves homeschooling their children.
When: May 5-10

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
If you send out for a 12-pack of traditional cookies online, you'll get a code that gives you a free six-pack of cookies to ship to anyone in the country who could use a little sweetness. Drop in the code "COOKIEMAGIC." (Also, you can totally be the person you send those cookies to if you happen to be the person who'd benefit from some free cookies.)
When: Wednesdays through May 31

Sonic
The deal:
Every teacher, as well as "everyone who appreciates them," is getting a free large drink or Slush with a purchase made through the Sonic app. Just use the code "TEACHERS" when ordering. 
When: May 4-8

Dunkin'
The deal:
DD Perks members can get a free donut on Fridays when they buy a drink because it Free Donut Friday.
When: Every Friday in May

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The deal:
Teachers who are carrying a school Id can get any small beverage for $2. 
When: Through May 8

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
The deal:
After giving away more than 100,000 smoothies to nurses in April, the chain is planning to dole out one million free smoothies in May. You can head to its website and pass along your email address to get a code for a freebie. 
When: Through May 31

Food Deals for Teacher Appreciation Week

Drizly
The deal:
New users can get free shipping or $5 off an order with the code "TEACHER5."
When: Through May 9

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal:
Teachers and parents who are homeschooling their kids can take advantage of a couple of deals for Teacher Appreciation Week. That includes 20% off an eGift Card you can send to someone to say thanks. 
When: Ongoing

Schlotzsky's
The deal:
Place a $150 catering order and you'll get a free large dessert tray in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Day. 
When: May 5

Grimaldi's
The deal:
Teachers and nurses can flash an ID to get 15% off any meal purchased at Grimaldi's.
When: May 4-8

Cicis Pizza
The deal:
Get a large specialty pizza at a participating location for just $5.99. 
When: May 5-10

Sales for Teacher Appreciation Week

Carson Dellosa Education
The deal
: The code "AMAZING" will get teachers a 30% discount on classroom decorations for next year or educational resources that can be used for remote learning. 
When: Through June 30

Credit: Courtesy of The Halal Guys

Other Food Deals Available During Teacher Appreciation Week

Olive Garden
The deal:
The home of unlimited breadsticks is crafting a Mother's Day Family-Style Take & Bake Bundle. For $40, you get a pan of ready-to-bake Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells, a jumbo house salad with a bottle of Italian dressing, and a dozen ready-to-bake breadsticks with dipping sauce. 
When: Starting May 2

Panera
The deal:
You're getting 20% off a gift card or e-gift card through Mother's Day. You can even add a voice message for your e-gift card delivery.
When: Through May 10

Jimmy John's
The deal:
Place an order of at least $20 and you'll get $5 off with the code "5off20." Just be sure to place the order through the JJ site or mobile app. 
When: Through May 17

The Cheesecake Factory
The deal:
The chain has launched a new Happy Hour menu available for curbside pickup and to-go orders. You can pick from 10 full-sized menu items that will cost just $7.50. You'll also find bottles of wine for $15 and mix-and-match six-packs of beer for $12.95. You just have to order through the Cheesecake Factory website. 
When: May 4-8 and 11-15, 2-4:30pm

7-Eleven
The deal:
Grab one of 7-Eleven's new Take and Bake pizzas for $5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
When: Through May 17

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal:
The new Hot & Ready Brunch Box lands you six bagels, a tub of shmear, three egg sandwiches, four blueberry muffins, and four twice-baked hash browns for $29.99. 
When: Ongoing

Qdoba
The deal:
Get a burrito, side of tortilla chips, salsa, and dessert for $9.95. 
When: Ongoing

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Get half-off a large pizza with the code "HALFOFF" or get a $6 take-home entrée with a $9.95 purchase. There's a limit of three of the cheap meals per order.
When: A limited time

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Place an order of $9.95 or more and get a free Pizzokie -- that's a portmanteau of pizza and cookie -- when you use the code "PIZOOKIE."
When: Ongoing

Panda Express
The deal:
The Chinese food chain you most associate with malls is bringing back the $20 Family Meal Deal. Get two large sides and three large entrées for $20 when you order through the Panda Express app or website. 
When: Ongoing

Red Lobster
The deal:
Order directly through RedLobster.com and you can get free touchless delivery at participating locations. 
When: Ongoing

The Cheesecake Factory
The deal:
For Mother's Day, if you buy a $50 gift card, you'll get a free $10 gift card as a little bonus.
When: Through May 10

Wienerschnitzel
The deal:
Get a free World of Wieners hot dog with any purchase. 
When: Through May 17

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Take 20% off any cookie cake when you drop in the code "LOVE4MOM."
When: Through May 10

Regatta Craft Mixers
The deal:
Get free shipping and feel good about it. Regatta will donate 15% of all online orders to the USBG Bartender Emergency Relief Program. 
When: Ongoing

Kung-Fu Tea
The deal:
Order ahead or place an order through Grubhub or Uber Eats to upgrade your tea to include bubbles for free. 
When: Through May 30

Smokey Bones
The deal:
Get a free kids meal with the purchase of any entrée. 
When: A limited time

Cracker Barrel
The deal:
Get free delivery on all Mother's Day Family Meal Baskets To-Go (All Day Pancake Breakfast or Sunday Homestyle Chicken). Also, for each basket you order, you'll land a free $10 gift card that can be redeemed through June 14.
When: Order through May 10 for delivery May 9-10

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
If you send out for a 12-pack of traditional cookies online, you'll get a code that gives you a free six-pack of cookies to ship to anyone in the country who could use a little sweetness. Drop in the code "COOKIEMAGIC." (Also, you can totally be the person you send those cookies to if you happen to be the person who'd benefit from some free cookies.)
When: Through May 31

Taco Cabana
The deal:
If you work in a restaurant, hotel, food service industry, grocery store, big-box store, or drugstore, you can get 50% off your order when you purchase while wearing a uniform or show an ID. 
When: Ongoing

Olive Garden
The deal:
The pasta chain is now offering alcohol delivery with $15 bottles of wine, $10 six-packs, and $3 White Claws. 
When: Ongoing

The Capital Grille
The deal:
Get free delivery on wine and champagne.
When: Ongoing

El Fenix
The deal:
Get a kit to make margaritas frozen or on the rocks for $7. 
When: Through May 10

El Fenix
The deal:
The restaurant has a few food package deals running, including a $25.99 enchilada package for four (eight total). It's just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
When: Through May 10

Pollo Campero
The deal:
Use the code "SHAREFLAVOR" to get $5 off an order of at least $25. You'll also get free delivery. 
When: May 8-10

The Halal Guys
The deal:
Place an order for $15 or more through Postmates and you'll get free delivery. 
When: Through May 31

The Halal Guys
The deal:
Place an order through Grubhub and you'll get $10 off an order of at least $30. 
When: Through May 31

Kung-Fu Tea
The deal:
Order ahead or place an order through Grubhub or Uber Eats to upgrade your tea to include bubbles for free. 
When: Through May 30

Regatta Craft Mixers
The deal:
Get free shipping and feel good about it. Regatta will donate 15% of all online orders to the USBG Bartender Emergency Relief Program. 
When: Ongoing

Baskin-Robbins
The deal:
When you order through DoorDash you can get $0 delivery fees on any order of at least $15 with the code "BASKIN."
When: Ongoing

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