Nando’s announced that it will deliver catered meals to hospitals near all of its North American locations and offer free takeout to any health care worker who presents a valid ID at one of its locations.
In a statement Wednesday, the restaurant chain said it will also provide 50 free meals a day per location for laid-off restaurant workers and donate any surplus packaged and nonexpired food to local food banks, also providing free family meals to employee families in need and allowing any customer or worker to buy a family meal to donate to needy members of the community.
“Customers will be encouraged to buy a meal for a laid-off industry worker or medical personnel,” Nando's, which specializes in Portuguese dishes, added.
The chain also said that it will keep the majority of its 92 locations in Canada and the U.S., including those in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland, open for delivery and takeout for at least the next two weeks, with exceptions for any jurisdiction ordering restaurants to close completely.
“Today’s decision means that we are keeping some restaurants open that are barely generating revenue, just so that we can keep our employees paid and engaged,” John Fisher, the chain’s North American CEO, said in a statement. “We want the communities we serve to know that Nando’s is here for you. And we are here for our Nandocas, or workers, that we have always proudly called our family.”
The popularity of takeout and delivery service has soared amid social distancing implemented in response to the virus, particularly after numerous states and cities ordering a freeze on all dine-in service. Data compiled by Yelp indicate the services are twice as popular as usual.