Costa, Dominos and Pizza Hut have all launched initiatives to deliver free food and drink to key workers and vulnerable communities.

As it announced its estate-wide closure on Monday (23 March), Costa pledged to support local communities and NHS workers by providing food and drink.

Last week, the company provided free coffee to NHS workers across the country and has today extended its efforts, distributing one million ready to drink coffee cans to key workers around the country.

“Whilst our stores will be closed, our commitment to our communities does not stop,” it said in a statement. “We have pledged to provide support to those in need over the coming weeks and months, providing food and drink, and allowing our teams to support their own communities locally.”

Following Monday’s (23 March) lockdown announcement, Pizza Hut UK kept nearly 50 restaurant kitchens open to continue providing food delivery services to vulnerable people in each store’s local community.

“Managers and team members showed up voluntarily and did an outstanding job,” said Jens Hofma, Pizza Hut UK CEO, adding that none of the company’s 6,500 staff have been laid off because of the coronavirus crisis.

To do its bit to support frontline healthcare staff, Domino’s UK has announced it will be donating 100,000 pizzas to NHS workers across the country.

“From next week, our stores will be delivery piping hot pizza to say a big thank you to frontline healthcare staff,” it said on social media. “Stores across the UK will play their part to help Domino’s donate 100,000 pizzas to these heroes.”

Sushi and bento chain Wasabi is also donating food to frontline workers. 

The brand is distributing 500 ‘Home Bento’ meals to NHS staff in London every day for the forseeable future, depending on demand. 

All delivery requests should be sent to paul.hine@wasabi.uk.com from an NHS email account.

The four brands join a growing list of companies including Leon, Labtech London, Farmer J and Crosstown Donuts that have launched various community support initiatives.