Deliveroo, the UK’s leading food delivery company, is relaunching its free meals for NHS workers amid rising coronavirus cases and increased hospitalisations. With a second lockdown not being ruled out, Deliveroo is resurrecting its commitment to delivering free meals to key healthcare workers on the frontline, as well as to vulnerable groups via charities, ensuring they have access to everyday essentials and hot food.
The campaign, Supporting the NHS, will launch formally in a few weeks, but the company is today enabling customers to show their support for the NHS and vulnerable groups by donating via the Deliveroo app and website. Deliveroo is prepared to keep the campaign going for as long as there is a need for free meals.
The delivery company raised almost £2m from consumer and corporate donations and delivered 750,000 meals to NHS workers earlier this year, delivering to NHS workers’ homes through vouchers and directly to hospitals. Hundreds of thousands of pounds are being given in donations to charities supporting NHS Trusts following that campaign.
Sites that benefited from having free meals delivered previously included Guys and St Thomas’s London, Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, Queen Square and North Middlesex Hospital and the Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel centre in London, to name a few. Deliveroo will contact those hospitals it delivered to previously to see where there is a demand for food amongst staff.
Will Shu, founder and CEO of Deliveroo, said: “People always rely on the NHS in winter, and this year perhaps more than ever. NHS workers will play an invaluable role in keeping us and our loved ones safe. That’s why we are bringing back our campaign to deliver free meals to healthcare workers and vulnerable people. We want to make this small gesture of our enormous gratitude for all those working in healthcare. As a British business we feel duty-bound to use our network and partners to support the NHS and vulnerable groups who will be impacted by this crisis.”
Hayley Pannick, director of development, Imperial Health Charity, said: “The goodwill and generosity we saw towards our NHS staff earlier this year was really heartwarming, and we were delighted to be involved in this initiative with Deliveroo to get food to the frontline. Delivery of hot meals provided practical support on long shifts, and a much-needed morale boost to our NHS colleagues. As hospitals across the UK face what may be a difficult winter ahead, it is wonderful to see that Deliveroo is preparing to support healthcare workers and vulnerable groups once again.”