>> I'm Reuters reporter Isla Binnie just outside the Vatican city state, where McDonald's fast food chain opened a branch at the end of December. The US fast food giant has now agreed to donate some 1,000 meals to the homeless people in Rome, which will be distributed by a local charity.
Now on Monday they loaded up a van with 50 lunches, which will be taken to a center where the local charity addresses the needs of some of the local homeless people. Now when the Vatican opened on December the 30th, there was some controversy. Local people said that McDonald's didn't fit with the local gastronomic traditions.
And some also said that the space which is owned by the Vatican, and the Vatican rents it to McDonald's, would have been better used to shelter the homeless who live in the area. The charity that is distributing the McDonald's lunch is starting on Monday, has this project running until June with around 1,000 sandwiches, chopped apples and bottles of water to give out.
They say that they will see how the project goes in terms of how many to hand out on each occasion. It will probably be on one day of each week.