Deliveroo pledges 500,000 free meals for NHS workers

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Food delivery startup Deliveroo is to make 500,000 meals available for free to NHS workers.

The London-based firm has been working with restaurant partners to secure donations of free food and will make these available to NHS staff, and has already received pledges of 350,000 free meals.

Thes have been led by Pizza Hut, who will include not just pizza but side salads, pasta and other options for NHS workers near their UK restaurants. Others include German Doner Kebab, Itsu and Lewis Hamilton’s plant-based Neat Burger restaurant.

Deliveroo said it will deliver to NHS sites where there was a need for food, such as the new Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel centre.

Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo, said: “Those in the NHS working night and day to save lives are the real heroes of this crisis, and we want to do our small part to support them and the vulnerable who aren’t able to leave their homes.

"Thanks to our dedicated riders, the generosity of our restaurant partners and their teams who are keeping kitchens open to serve those most in need, we hope to be able to make a difference.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, said: “The nation needs the NHS like never before, and we must support every single colleague in the NHS. I’m delighted that Deliveroo and partners are playing their part in this great national effort with half a million meals for the NHS. We can best come through this if we pull together.”