Deliveroo is relaunching its Supporting the NHS campaign to deliver hot meals to workers on the frontline in areas worst affected by the pandemic.

The company has already been delivering meals to staff at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester, and from today (4 November) it will be expanding the initiative to London, Liverpool and Birmingham with the support of restaurant partners including Pizza Hut, Rosa’s Thai Cafe and a range of independents.

During the first lockdown, Deliveroo raised almost £2m and delivered 750,000 meals, and it aims to up its total to 1m meals with this latest commitment.

The company plans to expand deliveries to other cities and hospitals across the UK with new restaurant partners in the weeks ahead and has said it will continue the service for as long as there is a need from NHS staff.

It is also donating £500,000 to NHS trusts across the country – funds that have been raised by consumers and partners as part of Deliveroo’s NHS campaign – and has said it will continue to run over the winder period, with customers able to donate via the app.

Outside of its NHS commitment, the company is working with Pret and Co Op to deliver food to Felix Project and FareShare, who will distribute donations to food banks and community groups to feed vulnerable families over the Christmas period.

“We want to make this small gesture of our enormous gratitude for all those working in healthcare,” said founder and CEO Will Shu. “As a British business we feel duty-bound to use our network and partners to support the NHS and vulnerable groups who will be impacted by this crisis.”