Lidl lines up thousands of free bags of fruit and vegetables for NHS frontline heroes – The Sun

THOUSANDS of bags of fresh fruit and vegetables have been lined up ready to be delivered by Lidl to doctors and nurses working on the coronavirus front line.

The discount supermarket is dishing it out for free to NHS workers at hospitals across the country in a gesture of thanks for their hard work battling the virus.

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The budget supermarket chain had teamed up with The Royal Voluntary Service to hand out the grub.

Christian Hartnagel, boss at Lidl GB, said: “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.”


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."

It comes as Deliveroo will make half a million meals free to NHS staff on the coronavirus frontline.

Heroes in the health service will be able to tuck into a free Pizza Hut or Itsu as the food delivery service received hundreds of thousands of donations from restaurants eager to help in the fight against the virus.

Deliveroo customers ordering food will also be able to donate through the app, contributing funds to buy meals for nurses and doctors.

Pizza Hut have led the donations after pledging a whopping 300,000 meals including pizzas, side salads and pasta dishes.

And Itsu and Lewis Hamilton's vegan Neat Burger restaurant have also donated.

Meals have already started being delivered to NHS trusts in London and will be increased to cater to more hospitals across the UK.

While most of these will go to NHS staff, Deliveroo said it will also continue to give free food to vulnerable people during the pandemic.

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