Taco Bell opens 'Truck-Thru' for fire trucks, ambulances, other vehicles too big for drive-thru

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Think outside the drive-thru.

Taco Bell has transformed its headquarters in Irvine, Calif., into a “Truck-Thru,” and is serving up free meals to those battling the coronavirus pandemic, without any need for them to leave their cars.

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Taco Bell has transformed its headquarters in Irvine, Calif., to a “Truck-Thru.”

Taco Bell has transformed its headquarters in Irvine, Calif., to a “Truck-Thru.” (Taco Bell)

The change, officially called “Truck-Thru at HQ,” took effect on Friday, April 17, as a way to serve essential workers “who are on the frontlines every day,” the fast-food chain said in a press release.

The truck stop caters to fire trucks, ambulances and other large vehicles that don’t fit in traditional drive-thrus.

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Now, first responders and healthcare professionals can get a free meal without “leaving their large essential service vehicle.”

It caters to fire trucks, ambulances and other large vehicle that don’t fit in traditional drive-thrus.

It caters to fire trucks, ambulances and other large vehicle that don’t fit in traditional drive-thrus. (Taco Bell)

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Taco Bell has remained open for drive-thru service during the coronavirus pandemic, but opened up the first Truck-Thru on April 17, followed by one on the 24th, with another planned for this coming Friday, May 1, between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Taco Bell is not the only fast-food chain to offer free meals to those on the front lines. McDonald’s recently rolled out its “Thank You Meals” for essential workers. White Castle also offered a free Castle Combo to healthcare workers and EMTs.