Funds for more than 120,000 meals were donated to vulnerable and homeless people across the country in time for Christmas, thanks to the Just Eat Christmas Meal Appeal launched in partnership with charities Social Bite and FoodCycle. The initiative which launched on December 7, with pleas from a host of celebrities including Dame Helen Mirren, Rob Brydon and Sir Chris Hoy, asked the nation to make a donation of either £3, £5, or £10 when placing their Just Eat order, with each donation matched by the food delivery service.
Andrew Kenny UK MD for Just Eat commented: “Our customers exceeded our expectations with their generous response to our Just Eat Christmas Meal Appeal, particularly at a time when we know it is difficult for so many and we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all those who have shown their support to help those less fortunate than themselves.”
Co-founder of Social Bite Josh Littlejohn, added: “Just Eat has shown tremendous leadership with this fundraising partnership to help fund an amazing 120,000 meals for homeless and vulnerable people all over the UK. At Social Bite we have seen first-hand the devastating impact the pandemic has had on our most vulnerable people and these funds will go a long way to alleviating food poverty this winter as well as funding longer term interventions to break the cycle of homelessness for good.”
Mary McGrath, FoodCycle CEO says: “Just Eat has been an outstanding partner of FoodCycle for a number of years. Their support, and the generosity of their customers this Christmas, means we are able to cook nourishing, hot meals for thousands of people who simply cannot afford to buy food, including low-income families, the elderly, key workers, students and asylum seekers. A huge thank you to everyone involved.”