Iceland and Morrisons have both launched online initiatives aimed at helping the thousands of students self-isolating in halls and student campuses.
This week Iceland said it was offering students £5 off a £40 online shop “as part of our efforts to support those most affected by lockdown measures”.
Students who register for an account using a university email will also be offered “priority delivery slots” Iceland said.
Morrisons also launched a “Serve out Students” (SOS) food delivery service for students self-isolating at Manchester Met University where a spike in cases has forced around 1700 students to self isolate.
Students at its Birley and Cambridge Halls campuses can email email@example.com to place their orders which will be delivered the following day.
According to Morrisons students won’t be charged for their delivery, and it will expand the offer to more locations during the week.
Around 40 universities across the UK have reported spikes in coronavirus cases, leading face-to-face teaching to be cancelled and isolated lockdowns to be imposed.
“With self-isolation in place across university campuses, we want to make it as easy as possible for students to complete their weekly shop and ensure their freezers and cupboards are stocked,” Iceland’s managing director Richard Walker tweeted.
“Our exclusive discount and priority delivery slots will go some way to help our student customers in their time of need.”
Morrisons chief executive David Potts added: “Students have asked for our help and that’s why we are making sure they can safely access affordable food at this very difficult time.
“We’re playing our full part in feeding the nation so that no one is left behind.”