Whataburger is Giving Away Free Breakfast for Teacher Appreciation Week 2024

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National Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 6 through 10, with National Teacher Day falling on May 7. Iconic Texas fast food institution Whataburger — home of Spicy Ketchup and the Dr. Pepper Shake — plans to honor educators through its WhataTeacher initiative throughout the week with free food, a lanyard and $63,000 worth of grants. All of the over 1,000 locations in the 15 states where the San Antonio-headquartered Whataburger operates are participating. The deal is also available for both dine-in and drive-thru orders.  

Between 5 to 9 a.m., any education professional — not just teachers — who shows their school IDs at Whataburger can receive a free Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, taquito (sausage, bacon or potato) or Breakfast on a Bun (sausage, bacon or egg), as well as a lanyard. 

“Teachers are true heroes,” Donna Tuttle, Whataburger’s vice president of marketing and communications said via press release. “Many of us still remember our favorite teacher and the impact they made on our lives. Whataburger’s free breakfast offer and WhataTeacher grants are just small ways we try to say thank you for their powerful work.” 

Whataburger’s Breakfast on a Bun, taquito and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, free to education professionals throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. Courtesy photo.

In addition, 63 teachers will be gifted with a $1,000 grant for their schools, courtesy of the Whataburger Student Success program. Last year, the WhataTeacher initiative distributed $70k to 70 schools, selecting educators nominated for the award by members of their community and professional peers. Some of the Texas teachers honored in 2023 included Zavala Elementary School’s Adrian Jara (El Paso) and The Colony High School’s Madison Hatfield (Dallas). 

“Whataburger partners with ISDs, schools, and education foundations across our 15-state footprint. The classroom grant recipients were nominated by their leaders and peers for their outstanding dedication to their students. Many of them teach at Title I schools or specialize in working with students dealing with special circumstances,” said Whataburger regional field marketing director Monica Maldonado. “The winners are pillars in their communities and have gone above and beyond to make sure their students succeed in their academic endeavors.”

Since 2020, Whataburger Student Success has awarded over $5 million worth of grants to students and communities contending with food insecurity. The program takes a three-pronged approach to making sure learners are fed so they can focus on their lessons, as hunger negatively impacts grades and behavior: community support, college resource rooms and scholarship funds

Community support comes in the form of collaborations within the communities where Whataburger operates, with locations forging close relationships with local changemakers to meet nearby needs. 

The college resource rooms provide free, nutritious groceries and other supplies to students facing food insecurity. Whataburger currently operates five at San Antonio College, University of Texas at San Antonio, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley (Kansas City, Missouri), Grambling State University (Louisiana) and Alabama State University (Montgomery). They partner with nearby food banks to ensure students have access to well-balanced meals. 

Whataburger’s student scholarships contribute to paying for the educations of high school, technical school and college students in need. The restaurant’s employees are also given scholarships to continue their education via the Student Success program.

“Offering free breakfast during National Teacher Appreciation Week is just one small way we’re trying to make every school employee’s day a little brighter,” said Whataburger’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer Scott Hudler in a press release. “Our hope is that the 63 grants being awarded will provide teachers with additional resources they need and show a bit of gratitude for their hard work and dedication all year.”

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