Aldi has revealed it will donate 10 million meals to local charities, community groups and food banks across the UK this Christmas.
It said with all stores set to close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and News Year’s Day, the retailer wants to ensure that any products approaching the end of their shelf life reach families who might otherwise miss out this Christmas.
Charities, food banks and community groups who could benefit from the scheme are encouraged to register for a donation from the supermarket.
Aldi said its “successful” partnership with Neighbourly, the community engagement platform linking businesses to food banks and charities, has enabled all of the chain’s 930 UK stores to donate surplus food seven days a week, all year round.
Existing charity partnerships will be prioritised for these collections but where there’s availability, additional organisations are being invited to apply to be paired with a local Aldi store.
Mary Dunn, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Our food donations scheme operates year-round, but we know that Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for the families and communities we support.
“That’s why we are so committed to increasing the number of meals we donate over the festive season, and we look forward to working with local charities this Christmas to help us meet our 10 million meals target for the year.”