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Just Eat searches for nation's #foodheroes

Divitos Chip Shop in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, has been donating meals to its local hospital, police station, doctor’s surgery and chemist

Just Eat has launched Good Deed Feed to shine a light on the restaurant and takeaway businesses across the country going above and beyond to support their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Backed by the British Takeaway Campaign (BTC), the initiative sees Just Eat using its network to share stories of the good work local takeaway #foodheroes are doing in towns and cities across the nation, whether it’s feeding staff at local hospitals to delivering care packages to the elderly and vulnerable.

For example, Fabrizio Parella, owner of Divitos Chip Shop in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, has continued to serve his local community, despite his shop being closed, by donating meals to his local hospital, police station, doctor’s surgery and chemist. Fabrizio said: “Although the shop is closed, we still feel like we have a part to play. We want to keep looking for different businesses around the community that we can help.”

Just Eat is also calling on consumers to send in details of the great work their local takeaways are doing to help their community to @justeatuk with the hashtag #GoodDeedFeed.

Andrew Kenny, UK managing director, Just Eat, says: “At Just Eat, we’re committed to supporting our restaurant partners, many of which are small, often family-run businesses. The restaurant operators we work with are some of the most hard-working individuals you’ll ever come across.

“Whether it’s feeding people on the front line or delivering groceries to the vulnerable in self-isolation, takeaways and restaurants across the country are going above and beyond to help their local communities. To put others first during these uncertain times, shows true dedication and we want to champion that.”

Ibrahim Dogus, chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, adds: “Takeaways and restaurants up and down the country are responding to the government’s call and stepping up to the challenge of keeping our nation fed under incredibly difficult circumstances, with many funding their efforts out of their own pocket."

Good Deed Feed is the latest in a series of steps Just Eat has taken to support the sector at this challenging time. As well as a £10 million emergency support package for independent restaurant partners, Just Eat is also offering financial support for qualifying couriers who fall ill as a result of Covid-19 or may need to self-isolate, and last month, launched a daily discount for NHS staff, saving NHS workers and their families £250,000 in the first week alone.

As with any business where food is served, the health and safety of customers is of paramount importance to takeaway owners. In partnership with the BTC, Just Eat is providing information and guidance to all restaurant partners about how they can follow Government guidelines regarding social distancing and best practice health and safety standards.

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