Aldi is embracing the time for giving by encouraging local charities, community groups and food banks to register to receive surplus food donations this Christmas.
As part of Aldi’s pledge to donate 10 million meals this year to families across the UK facing hunger, the supermarket has committed to donate more meals than ever to good causes over the festive period.
Aldi’s Successful Partnership with Neighbourly
Christmas provides an opportunity for even more organisations to benefit from Aldi’s successful partnership with Neighbourly. The community engagement platform links businesses to food banks and charities, enabling all of Aldi’s 930 UK stores to donate surplus food seven days a week, all year round.
With all Aldi stores set to close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New 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 get in touch and register now for a festive food donation from Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket.
Existing charity partnerships will be prioritised for these festive collections, but where there’s availability, additional organisations are being invited to apply to be paired with a local Aldi store to collect fresh and chilled food products – including fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread – ahead of stores closing on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
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.”
Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, added: “With the impact of the pandemic still being felt by communities up and down the country, charities and local causes are expecting record demand for their services this Christmas. We’re sure there are lots more groups out there that could put this food to good use, so we’d encourage them to get in touch.”
Organisations Encouraged to Get in Touch
Organisations do not need to be a registered charity to apply to Aldi, but they must:
- Have a level two hygiene certificate gained in the last two years
- Be able to transport and store chilled food products after collecting them on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5pm
Those organisations interested in working with Aldi this Christmas should contact Neighbourly at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5th December 2021.
Aldi at PE1
Aldi at Peterborough One opened its doors to the public earlier this year, recruiting 30 new staff members for the 18,500 sq ft location. The premium supermarket has been proving extremely popular with Peterborough residents owing to its offering of affordable, high-quality food and special buys.
When you next visit Aldi at PE1, be sure to donate some much-needed tins, packets and boxes of food, along with personal hygiene products, at the end of your shop in the designated donation containers. All these items will go to families in the region in need of additional support.