Subway donates subs to frontline key workers

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Sandwich franchise Subway is giving over a quarter of a million subs to key workers on the frontline.

Subway stores across the UK and Ireland are feeding thousands of NHS, emergency service and care home staff working tirelessly on the frontline during the COVID-19 crisis. Following government guidelines, the majority of Subway stores have temporarily closed. But this hasn’t stopped Franchise Owners from donating over 250,000 subs, salads and wraps to frontline workers within their local communities.


The sandwich franchise’s hard-working Franchise Owners and Sandwich Artists have spent the last month creating platters and delivery boxes from the fresh produce of their stores, which would have otherwise gone to waste. As well as subs, the very much deserving frontline key workers could also find delicious treats like cookies and pasties in their boxes.

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Some of Subway’s stores in hospitals have stayed open with teams of dedicated Sandwich Artists to provide the hospital workers with its freshly prepared meal options.

Colin Hughes, Country Director for Subway UK and Ireland, said:

“The response from our Franchise Owners during this extremely difficult time has been nothing but incredible. At a time when communities need to pull together and support each other more than ever, it is a credit to our Franchise Owners that they are doing just that by going above and beyond to look after our frontline health workers and society’s vulnerable people. There are far too many acts of uncompromising kindness for me to mention, but each and every one is hugely appreciated and as a brand, we couldn’t be prouder of our Franchise Owners and their teams.”

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Over the next few weeks, lots of Subway stores will continue to provide food donations via weekly food drops to local charities, organisations and the selfless NHS staff. We now shine a spotlight on some of the donations from Subway stores across the UK over the past couple of weeks:

  • All 191 stores in the Greater Manchester/West Yorkshire region have donated every last fresh and chilled food item to create 10,000 subs and salads, as well as boxes of food and milk, to places closest to their stores.
  • Askar Khan, a Subway Franchise Owner in Birmingham, has worked around the clock with his team to give out more than 55 platters and 30 sub boxes to those who need it in the community.
  • Rachael King, a Subway Franchise Owner in Wilmslow, has been making subs to help keep NHS workers in local ICU wards across Cheshire and Greater Manchester fed during this challenging period. After being approached by the people behind ‘The Big NHS Lunch Box’ scheme, she delivered 9,000 lunches to the hard-working NHS teams in just a few weeks.

Subway is currently looking to expand its UK network with Point Franchise. If you’d like to find out more about the opportunity and follow in the footsteps of these incredibly hard-working Franchise Owners, see its client page.

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