During these awfully tough times, and where I can sing nothing but praise for all those saving lives in the NHS, this type of news story is one I loved reading about this morning.
The following press release landed in my inbox, in which I had to pop on here to share. Well done Deliveroo – these gestures make those little differences during the madness.
- Deliveroo is making 500,000 meals available to frontline NHS workers across the UK for FREE
- The food delivery company has secured donations of 350,000 free meals from restaurants to date, led by Pizza Hut, who has pledged Deliveroo 300,000 meals, using their network of 700 Huts across the UK to support NHS workers
- They will deliver to NHS Trusts and will increase this to deliver to more hospitals across the UK
- Deliveroo is changing its app to enable customers to donate funds and buy a meal for a doctor or a nurse
The focus is to first make the deliveries in bigger cities like London and Manchester, before seeking to do this across other parts of the UK.
Deliveroo has been working with restaurant partners to secure donations of free food and will make these available to NHS staff. The London based food delivery service has so far received pledges of 350,000 free meals, led generously by Pizza Hut, who will include not just pizza but side salads, pasta and other options for NHS workers near their UK Huts.
Pizza Hut and Deliveroo have already made deliveries to NHS Trusts in London – where the companyies head quarters are based – and will be delivering thousands of meals next week to the NHS.
Other meal donations include substantial offers from German Doner Kebab, Itsu and Lewis Hamilton’s plant-based Neat Burger restaurant, to name a few.
Meals will be available over time as Deliveroo works with individual hospitals to identify where need is greatest, raises funds and gives restaurants across the UK the chance to donate meals. Of course, as Deliveroo is a delivery service that can only reach the places it currently provides coverage, the meals will be made available across those places.
Alongside this, Deliveroo will be fundraising to support this campaign, raising funds from corporate and individual donations. After editing the app, those who use the service can now make contribute through the app, so they can send hard-working doctors, nurses and volunteers a meal on their behalf.
It doesn’t just stop at the HNS, although the majority of free meals delivered will go to the NHS first. Deliveroo have also announced that they will continue to deliver free food to the vulnerable during this period, too. For example, Deliveroo has recently worked with St Mungo’s and other charities to deliver meals to homeless people sheltered in hotels in London, and will continue to support such organisations and those in need.
It has been stated that all the money Deliveroo raises will be committed to covering the cost of delivery or food. Neither Deliveroo nor any of the restaurants partners it works with will make profit from this gesture. Any excess funding raised by Deliveroo will go directly to the NHS.