One of Ireland’s biggest food apps is running an innovative charity fundraiser today, where customers get 10% off their favourite meals with 10% also being donated to charity.

National Takeaway Tuesday from Just Eat takes place today, January 22, and gives food lovers 10% off of their order, with a further 10% donated to their charity partner, the Peter McVerry Trust.

The initiative was launched by pop star Samantha Mumba, who told Dublin Gazette that it seemed like the perfect partnership.

Samantha said: “I don’t take on a lot of offers, but when I saw this, it seemed perfect. I love food, Chinese, chipper, you name it, and then the fact that money is getting donated to the Peter McVerry Trust too makes it so worthwhile to take part in.

The weather here is freezing at the minute, and the homeless population are the ones we need to be looking out for, so I’m so happy to be part of launching this with Just Eat.”

Now in its fourth year, National Takeaway Tuesday is one of several initiatives the app will be running in 2019 to help raise vital funds for homeless people in Ireland.

To date, Just Eat customers have generated over €50,000 for the Peter McVerry Trust, which is enough to move five people out of homelessness and into better futures.

The latest figures released show a continued increase in the number of families in emergency accommodation, with 9,968 people officially registered as homeless in November 2018.

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said: “Homelessness is not where we want anyone to be and with temperatures dropping to below freezing this week it will remind many of just how vulnerable people are. The support of programmes like this from Just Eat greatly enhance our ability to respond to the growing needs of those most at risk in our society.

“We currently accommodate over 1,400 people across our homeless and housing services every night, the highest figure in our 36-year history. All proceeds raised by Just Eat customers on National Takeaway Tuesday help us to scale up in response to this national emergency.”

Food fiends have until midnight on Tuesday 22nd January to avail of the 10% discount for National Takeaway Tuesday and make their donation by simply ordering their favourite dish and entering code ‘NTT2019’ at checkout.