Pret re-opens 10 stores near hospitals to help healthcare workers
The high street cafe is also re-activating its charity food donations
Pret has re-opened 10 of its stores located near to NHS hospitals. It is also re-activating its food donations to Pret Foundation associates.
The shops reopening are near to key London hospitals, including St Thomas’, Royal Brompton, University College Hospital, St George’s, St John & St Elizabeth and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Since these re-openings are aimed at assisting NHS staff, Pret have offered NHS workers a 50% discount until at least the end of the month.
As you might expect, the shops will be open for takeaway and delivery only, and they'll only be open from 8am to 2pm.
Pret staff volunteer to help
The 160 staff members who will be operating the shops have volunteered themselves for the work, and they will of course be operating under the new safety standards that Coronavirus has necessitated. This includes maintaining two-metre social distancing both at the back and front of house.
Pret chief executive Pano Christou said, “We have been hearing from NHS workers and hospitals that they want to be able to access fresh food. At the same time, the Evening Standard, via its Food For London Now appeal, and our homeless charity partners, have made it clear that more needs to be done to support vulnerable people through this epidemic. We have given careful thought to how Pret could rise to this challenge, ensuring that we do so safely and in line with government guidance.
“As of Thursday, 10 of our shop kitchens will open for takeaway and delivery only, offering a reduced range of Pret favourites, including our most popular sandwiches, salads and baguettes. This will give frontline healthcare workers better access to freshly prepared food.
“It will also allow us to get our supply chain up and running to donate food to homeless charities, and we will be donating 7,000 additional meals a week to our charity partners"
Pret has gone out of its way to feed the NHS and continues to protect the most vulnerable in our society. A recent YouGov survey shows that now, more than ever, people across the country are struggling to afford to feed themselves as incomes drop nationwide, but it's all too easy to forget about charitable exploits when we're all worried about our own issues that Covid-19 has brought about.
I'm pleased to see Pret is still doing what they can.