McDonald’s received a lukewarm reception when it opened a new branch within sight of Pope Francis’s window, but now the fast food giant seems to have taken on board one of his cherished principles – feeding the hungry. Jillian Kitchener reports.
(Reuters) – There was some Holy outrage when McDonald’s opened a restaurant just steps away from the Vatican.
Now the company has taken a charitable turn.
It’s been handing out free meals to Rome’s homeless – getting on board with the Pope’s pledge to help those less fortunate.
Double cheeseburgers, apples and water were distributed from a nearby walk-in clinic.
A help maybe but not enough for some.
HOMELESS MAN PIERFRANCESCO SPIGA,
“It would be good if these multi-national companies gave poor people food at the end of the day, instead of throwing it away.”
Some politicians weren’t convinced either.
POLITICIAN ALFREDO IORIO,
“We will wage a war that has never been seen before. The Pope speaks about capitalism, gives all these lovely speeches, and then lets McDonald’s open in his buildings for 26,000 euro a month, it’s a disgrace. Ask the local businesses.”
But McDonald’s is hoping it can counter some of the negative press.
The fifty lunches served on Monday was just a start.
It’s promised to give away 1,000 meals over the next six months.