Aldi has confirmed that they will be making food donations this Christmas yet again, calling on charities, community groups and food banks to register now to receive surplus items.
Last Christmas, Aldi donated nearly 450,000 meals to good causes throughout the UK, and expects more donations will be made this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic leaving thousands struggling financially.
Meals will support those in need at a time when food insecurity continues to increase and for those unable to travel due to self isolation.
This year the budget supermarket will partner with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to food banks, charities and all of Aldi’s 894 UK stores who now donate surplus food seven days a week, all year round.
Charities will be paired with local Aldi stores and can collect fresh and chilled food products that are near the end of their shelf life – including fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread – ahead of stores closing on Christmas Eve.
Luke Peech, managing director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Our Christmas food donations scheme plays a big role in supporting those in need during the festive period and is something we are very passionate about. This is our fourth year running the initiative and we look forward to working with local charities once again.
“Last year we were able to help thousands of people across the UK, and this year we’re hoping to extend this even further in what has been a challenging year for so many.”
Steve Butterworth from Neighbourly, added: “Sadly, charities and local causes are expecting record demand for their services this Christmas because of the pandemic and its impact on communities up and down the country.
“We’re sure there are lots more groups out there that could put the food to good use, so we’d encourage them to get in touch.”
Those interested in working with Aldi this Christmas should contact Neighbourly at [email protected] before Monday, 7th December.