COVID-19: Nando's North America reaches out to health-care workers, food banks, laid-off restaurant workers, and more

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      Nando’s North America is stepping up in a big way in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

      It’s helping health-care workers, laid-off restaurant workers, food banks, and more with what it’s calling its largest community-service program in its history.  

      Starting Thursday (March 26), all across the U.S. and Canada (with locations in B.C., Ontario, and Alberta) and the U.S., Nando’s is going to bring free hot meals to hospitals near all of its locations for nurses, doctors, and hospital workers

      It will provide free takeout to any nurse, doctor, or health-care worker who shows up at a Nando's in uniform or with a valid health-care ID or calls to place a to-go order and presents ID at collection.

      The chain is allocating 50 free meals per day per location for laid-off members of the restaurant industry.

      It's also donating all surplus food (packaged and nonexpired) to local area food banks and encouraging customers and employees to pay it forward by buying a meal for a laid-off industry worker or medical professoinal.

      Nando's is also creating a new employee volunteer force. Workers will be paid to help others in the immediate communities in which it operates.

      "At Nando's, we will Stand Together 2 Metres Apart,” Desmond Edwards, vice president of marketing for Nando's Canada, said in a statement. “We don't just serve chicken. We serve the community. We're all in this together.”

      For more info, visit Nando’s.