Falkirk district NHS to get fresh fruit boost from Lidl

Forth Valley frontline NHS staff are set to receive fresh fruit and vegetable bags from supermarket firm Lidl from this weekend, delivered by the Royal Voluntary Service.

By Roy Beers
Saturday, 28th March 2020, 10:09 am
Updated Saturday, 28th March 2020, 10:10 am
Lidl are providing free fruit and veg to NHS staff

The firm says the free food gift is intended as “a small gesture to thank staff and also help those who may not be able to access stores regularly for basic groceries.

Numerous news accounts over recent days have reported the frustration of some NHS staff who have been left with no fresh produce by the time they are able to shop, at least partly because of the ongoing wave of panic buying.

Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said: “We are so grateful to the NHS and all of its staff for their hard work every day to help keep the nation safe.

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“We hope that through working with Royal Voluntary service to donate these bags to hospitals, we can help make a difference to their daily life.”

Sam Ward, Director of Services at Royal Voluntary Service said: “It’s our mission to give support to those who need it in the community and in hospitals and we commend the country’s brilliant NHS staff in all the important work they are doing during this challenging situation.”

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.

The company is donating £100,000 to its partnership with Neighbourly, to help vulnerable people and children.