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Businesses doing their bit: The fast food chains providing fast help

Businesses doing their bit: The fast food chains providing fast help

Sophia Katsinas
8 April 2020

It looks like finger lickin’ goodness doesn’t strictly apply to chicken, as fast food chains are using their resources to help those struggling from coronavirus shutdowns. (Disclaimer: DO NOT lick your fingers!)

Here is how Australia’s fast food chains are responding to the coronavirus outbreak:

1. Red Rooster

Until 6 April 2020, Red Rooster will be donating the cost of a meal to Foodbank, for every delivery order placed between 5-9pm on Red Rooster’s delivery website as part of their #DonateADinner initiative.

There will be no additional fee, as the company announced, “This is Red Rooster’s way of supporting their charity partner Foodbank and assisting the Australian community suffering in these difficult times.”

Foodbank Australia is the country’s largest hunger relief charity, and is seeing an extraordinary increase at the moment for demand in emergency food relief.

2. McDonald's

McDonald’s recently announced they will start selling basic groceries, like milk and bread, through their contactless ‘drive-thru’ and takeaway services.

This is to address the growing pressure on supermarkets, and encourage social distancing measures for big crowds to avoid gathering in supermarkets to pick up simple necessities.

“From Wednesday (April 1) onwards, in addition to our usual Macca’s menu, customers will also be able to pick-up two or three litre bottles of full cream or skim milk, as well as packs of English muffins and gourmet bread rolls,” said a McDonald’s spokesperson.

They also announced their initiative to serve free drinks to healthcare workers until May 17, 2020. Anyone who is wearing a healthcare uniform can show ID and receive a free beverage.

3. Domino’s

Domino’s Pizza have pledged to hire over 2000 workers in response to job layoffs due to coronavirus shutdowns, and an increased demand in fast food deliveries.

Domino’s Australia and New Zealand CEO Nick Knight said “We are a people business – which means our team members, customers and communities come first. We are humbled that an increase in customers putting their faith and trust in us means we can now give Australians wanting to work that very opportunity in these unprecedented times.”

4. Oporto

Oporto also recently announced their 'Fight Hunger with Flavour' initiative, where they will donate a meal through Foodbank for every jar of take home sauce sold.

Oporto have a goal to donate 10,000 meals, which means 10,000 sales of their famous Prego and Original Chilli sauce take-home jars.

Foodbank are currently assisting the thousands of Australians that have suffered unprecedented resource shortages due to COVID-19.

"As a Bondi born brand, we are committed to making a positive difference for our Aussie familia when things are rough," said Oporto.

KFC, Hungry Jacks and other popular fast food chains all remain open for take away/drive thru, and have introduced delivery options, as well as increased their hygiene measures.

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