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Restaurant gives away nearly 7k free meals to medical and laid off restaurant workers

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 15:48:44-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One restaurant is has provided more than 3,300 free meals to stressed-out hospital and healthcare workers and nearly 3,500 free meals to laid-off restaurant and hospitality workers in the US.

For at least the next two-weeks, Nando’s PERi PERi will keep nearly all its 92 restaurants open in the US and Canada in order to keep its 2,600 employees working.

During that time, Nando's given away free takeout to any nurse, doctor or healthcare worker who shows up in uniform or with a valid healthcare ID, or calls to place a to-go order and presents ID at pickup.

The restaurant has also delivered free hot meals to hospitals near everyone of its locations in North America.

Each location has also provided 50 free meals per day for laid-off members of the restaurant and hospitality industry.

“We are keeping some restaurants open that are barely generating revenue, just so that we can keep our employees paid and engaged,” said John Fisher, the Nando’s North American CEO. “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.”

Nando’s will stay open for takeout and delivery in Chicago, Washington, Maryland, Virginia and throughout Canada, for at least the next week, and hopefully longer.