Since the outbreak of Covid-19 hundreds of technology companies have stepped up to offer support, services and software to frontline workers. However, not all technologies have an outlet to lend support in an impactful way.
A new charity initiative, Bytes for Heroes launched last week seeks to remedy this. With a mission to engage the tech community in feeding over 1,000,000 NHS workers and healthcare heroes, Bytes for Heroes provides an opportunity for tech companies to directly support their local NHS workers.
The brainchild of Peter Rossi, co-founder of InfoSaaS, Bytes for Heroes connects tech companies that want to have a direct impact on the front line with catering companies, ready to serve hearty, homemade meals to NHS heroes at their local hospitals. Bytes for Heroes has already funded a pilot at Bristol Southmead hospital in partnership with The Jolly Hog Group and InfoSaaS, handing out over 1,500 hot meals to our heroes, with at least another 2,000 funded.
Built by technologists and caterers, Bytes for Heroes will manage the logistics of getting food to overworked heroes. It is already being supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and UK Cloud, with companies registering interest online.
The team at Made by Prism has built the technology to distribute funding and hand out food to key health workers. An app will launch shortly that allows NHS workers to redeem meals using a unique code, with caterers able to log redemptions via the same app. This will allow data to be collected and provide partners with information on the impact of their support.
The initiative is asking UK tech companies to donate their marketing, CSR or charitable budgets to the cause and help feed the nation’s NHS superstars.
Peter Rossi, co-founder of Bytes for Heroes said:
“The tech community now has the chance to come together and support a UK-wide mission, with local impact. We’re looking for technology companies that want to make a big difference to the lives of hard working NHS heroes in their local hospitals. Your money will be used to fund local catering businesses to provide much needed food to our heroes.”