Leon has announced it is continuing its support of the NHS by launching a new scheme titled FeedNHS.
The not-for-profit campaign will raise vital funds to allow the chain to deliver its food directly to key workers on the frontline in the NHS.
The campaign has been launched with the support of actors Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and Matt Lucas, and Leon said it is hoping that others will join and support the campaign.
The chain said that despite most restaurants being closed down, suppliers and wholesalers still have the capacity and the food to harness resources to “work together to feed the NHS”.
FeedNHS will initially work with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver 5,600 hot meals per day to critical care staff in five major hospitals.
Leon co-founder and CEO John Vincent said: “We have launched FeedNHS because we have been inundated with direct requests from NHS staff and from their families, asking us to feed them.
“These amazing people need us. They are already going without sleep. If they also don’t have good food, they will burn out faster, function less well and become ill themselves. We hope other restaurant brands will join us in helping them.”
He added: “They deserve all of our support for their own sake, and for the patients they’re looking after. The hospitality industry is full of wonderful and passionate people.
“I expect many will want to be part of this action where they can, and where they still have the capabilities and facilities.”
Damian Lewis said: “We’ve got some good friends in the NHS working on the frontline and we’ve been asking how we can help. One answer was food. With cafes closed and staff working longer hours, eating at work was becoming a real problem.
“Our first point of call was John Vincent at Leon and we had to go no further. Together we are working on providing the solution that is desperately needed. We are giving money ourselves and inviting others to do the same.”
The campaign follows Leon’s continued work to support the NHS, including the introduction of a 50% discount to NHS teams, and a commitment to turn over 100% of profits to the NHS during the crisis.
Leon has already served 19,214 meals to NHS workers at 50% discount.