Deliveroo has launched a new fundraising function for customers to donate in-app and help bring 500,000 free meals to NHS staff and vulnerable groups across the UK.
Customers had donated more than £130,000 within the first 48 hours of the initiative going live, equivalent to nearly 35,000 meals.
The company has been working with restaurant partners to secure donations of free food and will make these available to NHS staff and groups of vulnerable people.
Hospitals that Deliveroo is delivering to this week include Charing Cross, St Mary’s, Lewisham and Barking Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Burger King is among those that have pledged to donate free meals, while other restaurant chains to come on board include Bella Italia, Pizza Hut, German Doner Kebab, Itsu and Neat Burger.
Deliveroo has so far received pledges of more than 350,000 free meals.
This week Deliveroo will deliver almost 20,000 meals to the NHS. The firm is also working closely with Leon and providing free delivery to restaurants that are supporting ‘FeedNHS’.
Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo, said: “Thanks to the incredible generosity of our customers we are able to deliver free meals to those in the NHS working night and day to save lives. As a British company, nothing makes me more proud than being able to support the NHS, as well as delivering free food to vulnerable groups during this period.”
Meals will be made available where Deliveroo currently provides coverage. Deliveroo and the groups will initially focus on making deliveries in London and Manchester before seeking to do this in other parts of the country.
All the money raised by Deliveroo will be committed to covering the cost of delivery or food.
Neither Deliveroo nor any of the restaurant partners it works with will make a profit from the initiative. Any excess funding raised by Deliveroo will go to the NHS.