RESTAURANT chain Leon has rolled out an online delivery service of essential food boxes and ready meals – and the prices start from £22.50.
They could come in handy if you can't leave your home or if you struggle to find what you need at your local supermarket due to the coronavirus crisis.
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Customers can choose between four different boxes, including one with fruit and vegetables, another one with everyday essentials as well as two with ready meals.
Leon said more options will be added to the range in the coming days, but we've listed the current ones in the box below.
The service, called Feed Britain, is so far only available within the M25 but there are plans to expand to other parts of the UK too.
The Sun has asked where and when this would happen, but we haven't yet heard back.
What's included in the boxes
THERE are currently four boxes to choose from, but more will be added in the coming days.
- Market Fruit & Vegetables – £28: This box is packed with 15 fruits and veggies that you can use to create soups, stews or eat straight from the fruit bowl.
- Vegan Family Box – £32: This box contains three plant-based ready meals: Brazilian Black Beans, Gobi Curry and the new Jackfruit, Coconut & Lime Curry, together with 1kg brown rice. Each meal serves four people and are suitable for home freezing.
- Family Meal Box – £36: This box includes three slow-cooked ready meals: Brazilian Black Beans, Green Thai Chicken Curry and Chilli Con Carne and 1kg brown rice. Each meal serves four and are suitable for home freezing.
- Daily Essentials Box – £22.50: This box contains a selection of dairy products, including two 2l bottles of semi-skimmed milk, salted butter, mature cheddar cheese and six fruit yoghurts. It also includes sliced loaves of wholemeal and white bread, six eggs, and a bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice.
If you're keen to order a box, keep in mind that you'll have to pay a £4.95 delivery fee.
Your box will then arrive within four to seven days from when you placed your order on the Feed Britain website.
The boxes are being put together with the help of Premier Fruits and food production company Mustard Foods.
During the coronavirus crisis, 100 per cent of the profits made by Feed Britain will be donated to FeedNHS, which provides one hot, healthy meal a day to critical care workers.
Due to the pandemic, Leon has repurposed 11 of its restaurants into mini supermarkets selling groceries and ready meals.
While another five restaurants have been repurposed into dedicated kitchens serving NHS workers.
Its restaurant menu and a range of boxes and meal-kits are also available for click and collect, delivery and takeaway on Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
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John Vincent, founder and chief executive at Leon said: "We’ve created Feed Britain to connect people directly to the suppliers who traditionally provided food and ingredients to restaurants.
"There are many suppliers who no longer have restaurants to sell their produce to.
"And at the same time people stuck at home are finding long delays on their supermarket home deliveries.
“By working closely with British food producers, farmers and wholesalers who no longer have restaurants to sell to, we are able to help them avoid the threat of closure and give people at home access to quality produce."
The new service comes after Morrisons started delivering food boxes filled with essentials such as loo roll and pasta for £35.
Last week, it also launched a click and collect food box service delivered to hospital car parks to give NHS staff easy access to essential groceries.
While M&S is selling £35 boxes filled with food essentials as well as Percy Pigs.
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