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, so they are able to order from their favourite local restaurant and eat for free, up to a value of £20. 50,000 vouchers will initially be made available.
Deliveroo is able to do this thanks to the staggering kindness of its customers, who have given almost £500,000 for NHS heroes and vulnerable people.
In addition, corporate donors have also given generously to Deliveroo’s campaign. 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. Furthermore, 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.”
Charlotte Duerden, Managing Director UK, American Express, said: “American Express is delighted to be working alongside Deliveroo and its other partners to support this important initiative. We are proud to be able to help provide free meals to NHS staff as they work tirelessly to keep us safe and take care of those in need during this crisis.”
Carol Haraldsoon, Head of Charitable Giving, University College London Hospitals, said: “Deliveroo’s commitment to providing free meals and delivery service to our staff is invaluable and we are grateful for their continued support of our frontline NHS workers at UCLH.”
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.”
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.