(Vatican Radio) The controversial McDonald’s fast-food restaurant that has just opened only steps away from St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City State is to provide thousands of free meals to homeless people in the area.
The restaurant was opened at the beginning of the year after months of protest from locals and prelates who deemed it inappropriate for the unique historical setting of the building it is housed in, with a prime view on the Vatican’s Saint Anne Gate.
But a collaboration between the Borgo Pio branch of McDonald's and a local charity organization called ‘Medicina Sociale’ has yielded a fruitful agreement that promises to hand out over 1000 McDonald’s meals to homeless persons every Monday at lunchtime starting from January 16th.
The special “McVatican” - as the outlet has immediately been nicknamed - lunch boxes will include a double cheeseburger, fresh apple slices and a bottle of mineral water.
Lucia Ercoli, director of the charity organization, said she was "very satisfied with this agreement with McDonald's" and pointed out that the fast-food chain responded "promptly" to their request.
‘Medicina Solidale’ has been working with the Papal Almoner over the past year, providing health check-ups and medical care to the local homeless community. Volunteers and workers at the charity will be charged with distributing the McDonald's meals.