It's five years ago this week since we reported on a Loughton-based company organising a big giveaway to help feed homeless people.

A takeaway coordinated by a tech firm served up mounds of golden fish and chips to homeless people.

Loughton-based Takeaway Genie helps independent restaurants build their own online ordering systems in a bid to avoid delivery charges accrued by companies such as Just Eat.

Starting off the new year on a positive note, the company organised a mass food giveaway.

Seven restaurants in north London, including Golden Anchor Fish and Chip in Loughton, gave 200 meals to homeless people on the street and those visiting the Welcome Centre in Ilford.

Nik Vnar, Takeaway Genie's area director and a Chigwell resident, said: "Considering we are a local business it is a way to give back. It's a strong message.

"We also wanted to show that helping people is not just for Christmas. For us it is a year round activity."