Itsu reopens kitchens to supply meals to NHS hospitals

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Itsu plans to reopen select kitchens so that staff volunteers can exclusively provide free meals for NHS employees on the frontline.

The sushi chain has already donated more than £15,000 worth of food to 20 NHS hospitals, including St Thomas’ and UCLH in London.

The majority of its workers are currently furloughed as the group has had to close its stores due to the coronavirus, but dozens have stepped up to ensure NHS staff are well-fed.

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Itsu intends to pay for taxis for staff volunteers to get to and from its kitchens in King’s Road and Regents Place in order to ensure the supply of food to hospitals.

Itsu founder and CEO Julian Metcalfe told the media that after its first big donation of dinners to hospitals last week, it has been inundated with requests for healthy meals from NHS staff, while its own staff have been volunteering their help.

“I have volunteered along with all of our senior team who are desperate to do our bit. Our plan is to focus on making one delicious hot dish – our Veggie Gyoza Udon – to keep things simple and effective whilst respecting the limitations of social distancing in our kitchens,” he said.

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