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23 Teacher Appreciation Week food deals to show educators and students some love

Ready to get schooled on some sweet deals?
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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10 and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7.10'000 Hours / Getty Images

We really don’t celebrate teachers often enough, but there’s one week of the year where educators’ invaluable contributions are highlighted: Teacher Appreciation Week.

Between May 6 — 10, teachers will get the credit they deserve as many restaurants invite them in for free meals and steep discounts. The more-focused Teacher Appreciation Day falls during this week on May 7.

Ready to chase down the savings? Here are a few deals to consider.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant

When teachers and school staff show a valid ID at Abuelo’s on May 7, they’ll get 20% off their order.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings

Participating Anthony’s locations will give teachers 20% off all orders when they show a valid ID between May 6 — 12.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Between May 6 — 12, teachers and school staff who show a valid ID will save 20% at Buffalo Wild Wings while dining in or carrying out.


BurgerFi is giving teachers who show a valid ID 20% off between May 6 — 12.

Golden Corral

Throughout Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers can get 20% off one adult buffet purchase when they show an ID or proof of employment at participating Golden Corral locations.

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream

Between May 6 — 10, teachers can save 10% at participating Happy Joe’s locations.

Hat Creek Burger Company 

On May 7 for Teacher Appreciation Day, all Hat Creek locations will give teachers and school staff with a valid ID a free six-piece order of chicken nuggets.

Huddle House

Teachers can visit participating Huddle House locations between May 6 — 10 to enjoy a free meal when they show a valid ID.

The restaurant is also running a Teacher of the Year contest, where one visiting teacher at each participating location will win free meals for a year (one meal per month for 12 months for a total value of $120).

Students and faculty can cast votes for the winner at their local Huddle House. Students who vote will get a free kids meal with any dine-in purchase of $6 or more.

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies is giving teachers and school staff who show a valid ID one free classic cookie. The offer is valid in-store between May 6 — 12 and there’s no purchase required.

In addition, the chain is hosting a giveaway where five winners will take home a $250 cookie catering package. Teachers can enter here through May 12.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Teachers who show a valid ID at Logan’s Roadhouse between May 6 — 10 can save 20% on their meal and get a free entree.

McAlister’s Deli 

McAlister’s Deli is giving teachers one free tea when they show a valid ID in-store at participating locations between May 6 — 12. There’s no purchase necessary and the offer is valid for one of the following drinks: big sweet tea, unsweet tea, half-sweet and half-unsweet tea, or a cup of half-lemonade and half-tea (sweet or unsweet). Flavor shots excluded.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Teachers who spend $300 on Moe’s catering between May 6 — 12 will get a $50 e-gift card using the code THANKYOU24 at participating locations. The single-use offer cannot be combined with other deals and is not valid on third-party delivery orders.

Mountain Mike’s

All customers can save 15% at Mountain Mike’s on May 7 using the code TEACHER24.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is distributing Free Magnificent Seven breakfast coupons at participating schools across the country. Teachers can redeem them between May 6 — 10.

Peter Piper Pizza

Teachers can get a free personal pizza in-store at Peter Piper Pizza between May 6 — 10 when they show a valid ID. Teachers are limited to one free pizza per day during the promotional period.


Potbelly is giving teachers a free cookie or fountain drink when they buy an entree between May 6 — 12. The offer is available in-shop, and teachers simply need to show an ID to score the freebie.

Raising Cane’s

Between May 6 — 10, Raising Cane’s is hosting a giveaway where 10 teachers will score an all-expenses-paid summer vacation (two roundtrip tickets to any spot in the U.S., a two-night hotel stay and a $200 gift card for spending).

Shipley Do-Nuts

On May 6, Shipley Do-Nuts is offering loyalty members a free half-dozen box of glazed doughnuts when they make any purchase.


Educators who are members of the Sonic Teachers’ Circle Rewards program can take advantage of the following deals between May 6 — 20:

  • Buy one Sonic Blast, get one free
  • Buy one entree, get one free
  • Free Sonic Cheeseburger with any purchase
  • Free large drink or slush with any purchase
  • Free small side with any entree

TGI Fridays

Teachers can enjoy a free meal from the following options at participating TGI Fridays locations on May 7:  

  • Cheeseburger with fries
  • Crispy chicken tenders with fries and coleslaw
  • Caesar salad with grilled chicken 
  • Half rack of ribs with choice of side
  • Half portion of Cajun chicken and shrimp pasta 

The Greene Turtle

On May 7, faculty and staff with a valid ID can score a free meal (valued at up to $15) while dining in at participating locations of The Greene Turtle.


School employees with a valid ID can get a free taquito, Breakfast on a Bun, or honey butter chicken biscuit while dining in or ordering via drive-thru at Whataburger between May 6 — 10. The offer is valid between 5 — 9 a.m.


Zax Rewardz members who purchase one Boneless Wings Meal will get another for free on May 7 at participating locations while supplies last. Customers can redeem the offer in the Zaxby’s app or website.