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Deliveroo set to serve 500,000 free meals to NHS workers

Deliveroo is making 500,000 meals available to frontline NHS workers across the UK for free.

The online food delivery platform has secured donations of 350,000 free meals from restaurants to date, 300,000 of which have been pledged by Pizza Hut.

Other meal donations have come from German Doner Kebab, Itsu and Lewis Hamilton's plant-based Neat Burger restaurant. Pizza Hut has also donated funding to help cover the cost of deliveries to NHS Trusts.

Deliveroo is changing its app to enable customers to donate funds and buy a meal for a doctor or a nurse.

While the majority of meals delivered will go to the NHS, Deliveroo will also continue to deliver free food to the vulnerable during this period. For example, it 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.

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. Deliveroo is a British business and, as the founder, nothing would make me more proud than to use the network we have built to support the NHS, and I know the restaurant sector wants to play its part too."

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."

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