Deliveroo makes 50,000 free meal vouchers available to NHS workers

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by Josh Peachey

Deliveroo has said that 50,000 NHS staff will now be able to order a free meal on the app or website after the company's campaign has raised £1.5million.

As part of the campaign, customers could donate towards providing meals to the nation's heroes on the food delivery company's app. Their donations totalled almost £500,000.

From today, NHS workers will be eligible to receive a £20 voucher for Deliveroo, which will cover both the cost of the meal and delivery from a local restaurant. 50,000 vouchers will initially be made available.

Lead corporate partner American Express joined forces to ensure Deliveroo is in a position to deliver all 500,000 meals for free to NHS staff in their workplace. 

American Express, alongside other corporate partners, including the Reuben Foundation, funded thousands of vouchers for NHS workers to enable them to order free meals to their homes.

Deliveroo has already delivered nearly 60,000 meals to NHS hospitals, including St Mary’s Hospital London, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, UCLH hospitals in Euston Road and Queen Square and North Middlesex Hospital. 

The company has expanded its fleet of vans to do more large-scale deliveries to hospitals across the UK.

Food for delivery to NHS hospitals has been donated by Deliveroo’s restaurant partners, led by Pizza Hut, including others such as German Doner Kebab, KFC, Itsu, Burger King, Neat Burger, Bella Italia and others.

In total, the value of food donated to the initiative and the money raised from consumers and corporates amounts to over £3.5m.

Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo, said: “Whether to hospitals or homes, Deliveroo is providing NHS workers with free meals and we are incredibly proud to do so. This is just a small gesture of thanks for the enormous effort they are all making to save lives and protect us all.”

Deliveroo will continue to fundraise as it seeks to extend this offer further. Any funding raised will be committed to free meals for NHS workers or will be given directly to the NHS.

Louise Parkes, Chief Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, said: “I want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to Deliveroo for their donation of meals for our staff, which will be invaluable in helping to support them during this challenging time. 

"The Hospital’s incredible staff are working around the clock, under huge pressure, to guarantee children at GOSH receive the care they need, and the generosity shown by your company to help support them during this time is really inspiring for us all to see.”