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Food companies support the health service with supplies, deliveries

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In a further example of the food industry rallying to help in times of crisis, a number of retailers have offered supplies and free deliveries to assist health care workers in the UK.

M&S Food launches NHS delivery service

M&S Food will start a new, twice-weekly free food delivery service for the NHS workers at the retailer’s hospital partners at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“We’re doing our bit to help the NHS by focusing on what we do best – providing great food and clothes – in the hope we can make it just a little easier for our NHS heroes to do what they do best, as well as the patients in their care,” M&S group chief executive Steve Rowe said.

John Lewis creates NHS care packages, makes it easier for NHS staff to get supplies from Waitrose

John Lewis has teamed up with the British Medical Association to provide everyday essential care packages to NHS staff.

The packages – which will contain 60,000 items in total – will feature everyday essentials, based on advice from the BMA. These will include toiletries, such as deodorant, shaving foam, hand cream, antibacterial hand gel and lip balm, as well as food, tea, coffee and socks.

These care boxes will first be sent to the newly-built Nightingale London and other major London NHS trusts, then to hospitals across the UK.

Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said, ‘As a small token, we’re donating food and essential items to the NHS, we’re making it easier for NHS workers to shop in Waitrose and we’re helping staff at the new Nightingale Hospital in London. We will do more over the coming weeks.’

Lupa Foods supports frontline London Ambulance staff

Lupa Foods is helping to support the London Ambulance service on the frontline by assisting in the creation of a food bank for workers. As London Ambulance staff are working long shifts many are unable to get the food they need from grocery stores or supermarkets.

Lupa Foods say, “As part of an ongoing initiative, LUPA Foods was delighted to donate a pallet of pasta to the London Ambulance Service last week, and we are proud to support our NHS Heroes. Emergency working staff are finding it increasingly difficult to buy food during the current crisis; working 12 hour shifts, the shops are often closed before their shift and empty afterwards. The London Ambulance Service is trying to create a foodbank within the service to provide food for these hard-working frontline staff.”