Pizza Hut has managed to keep nearly 50 of its restaurant kitchens open to provide food delivery services to local communities at the request of authorities.
In a note to staff yesterday, UK CEO Jens Hofma paid tribute to its “Hut Heroes” in places like Park Royal, where pizzas were donated to homeless shelters in West London.
Managers and team members have been showing up voluntarily to assist with the effort, while key suppliers and business partners have also played a part.
Pizza Hut insisted the decision to keep some kitchens open was “not an economic one” but a way to assist those in need.
A spokesperson for the chain said: “We can confirm a small proportion of our restaurant-based team members will continue to work during this time of crisis – all who do are doing so by personal choice and we have put in place additional health and safety processes to minimise risk.
“Following official guidance from the government, a select number of our kitchens will continue to provide Uber Eats and Deliveroo home delivery service in order to give communities access to food while based at home.
“We are also linking up with a number of local authorities to get food to health workers, the homeless and the most vulnerable. For Pizza Hut Restaurants the decision to keep some kitchens open is not an economic one but a way we can do a small bit to help others.”
The 260-strong chain said the kitchens that are open are being staffed by employees that have decided to work and want to help.