Our NHS staff are heroes and we need to do what we can to take care of them during the coronavirus crisis.
We’ve seen nurses struggling to buy food because of panic buying and thankfully, many supermarkets have introduced special hours for NHS staff to shop.
But Lidl has introduced a scheme to try to make it even easier, by delivering free bags of fruit and veg directly to nurses at the hospital.
The initiative comes through the retailer’s partnership with Royal Voluntary Service, which is committed to supporting those who need it most in hospitals and communities around the country.
The contents of the bags will vary depending on what is available but they will be distributed to NHS staff at hospital sites UK-wide, getting fresh fruit and vegetables into the hands of frontline health workers.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, commented: ‘We are so grateful to the NHS and all of its staff for their hard work every day to help keep the nation safe.
‘This is our small gesture to say thank you, and help provide NHS staff, who may not be able to get into store regularly for basic groceries, with fresh fruit and vegetables.
‘We hope that through working with Royal Voluntary service to donate these bags to hospitals, we can help make a difference to their daily life.’
The Royal Voluntary Service will take bags from the supermarket directly to local hospitals for staff to collect.
Sam Ward, Director of Services at Royal Voluntary Service commented: ‘It’s our mission to give support to those who need it in the community and in hospitals and we commend the country’s brilliant NHS staff in all the important work they are doing during this challenging situation.’
Earlier this week, Lidl also recently announced that it will be rolling out its customer food donation boxes in stores nationwide, as part of its Feed it Back scheme, and donating £100,000 to its partnership with Neighbourly, to help vulnerable people and children.