Today Lidl announces it will be donating thousands of its fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to NHS staff across Great Britain in an effort to help provide frontline health workers with fresh produce. The initiative comes through the retailer’s partnership with The Royal Voluntary Service, which is committed to supporting those who need it most in hospitals and communities around the country.
The Lidl boxes will be distributed by The Royal Voluntary Service to NHS staff at hospital sites through their wholesale partner, getting fresh fruit and vegetables into the hands of frontline health workers.
Service managers at the Royal Voluntary Service sites will receive the boxes and arrange for distribution to NHS workers directly in the hospital.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, commented: “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.
“We hope that through working with the Royal Voluntary service to donate these boxes to hospitals, we can help make a difference to their daily life.”
The news follows Lidl’s recent announcement that it will be rolling out its customer food donation boxes in stores nationwide, as part of its Feed it Back scheme, and donating £100,000 to its partnership with Neighbourly, to help vulnerable people and children.