Morrisons has launched a click and collect food box service for NHS staff.
The service aims to support those who may be struggling to get the essential groceries they need, due to huge demands on the health service amid the coronavirus outbreak.
How does the food service work?
NHS staff will be able to collect a food box from hospital car parks in Leeds, with two delivery services running each week.
The service launched at St James’s Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary on Thursday (2 Apr), after many staff took to social media to say they couldn’t always get the groceries they need - especially if more than one family member works in the NHS.
In response, Morrisons has now set up a designated click and collect site within both of the hospital car parks, making it easy for staff to pick up essential items after their shift.
The service has started with staff at the two hospitals in Leeds, and orders can now be placed via a dedicated website for staff.
David Potts, Morrisons Chief Executive, said: “At this important time, the National Health Service is supporting the whole country so we need to support them too.
“We will be taking this service to many more hospitals to help feed NHS staff as they face into the challenges of treating people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”
What does the food box include?
A typical box will be made up of a variety of food items, which are suitable for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
Items include canned baked beans, soup and pasta sauce, milk, dairy products, such as butter and cheese, bread, rice and pasta, vegetables, and potatoes.
Some essential household items will also be included, such as toilet roll.
The vegetarian food box includes vegetarian proteins, such as meat free sausages and mince, while the meat food box includes fresh meat, such as chicken or beef.
How much do the boxes cost?
The boxes are priced at £30 each, and include a selection of essential food and household items.
When are the deliveries?
There will be two deliveries per week, on a Monday and Thursday.
How do staff order the boxes?
NHS staff can order through a dedicated website link that has been shared with them internally at their hospital.
The hospital collection point is for NHS staff at that hospital.