In a bid to capitalise on the 'essentials' market, fast food giant McDonald's Australia is now offering grocery items for customers via its drive-thru during the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is a challenging time, but as a community, we can work together to get through it.  McDonald’s contribution as a leading employer of youth, and a huge supporter of local farmers through our purchase of over 93% of what we sell, also comes with a responsibility to play a positive part in response to this challenge," said CEO McDonald's Australia, Andrew Gregory.

Currently, only milk, bread rolls and English muffins are available across the country. Transactions are contactless, with payment via tap-and-go technology.

Although its dine-in offering is closed, the business remains open for drive-thru, takeaway and home delivery.