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Aldi Will Be Donating Leftover Food To Local Charities On Christmas Eve

Aldi Will Be Donating Leftover Food To Local Charities  On Christmas Eve

Aldi is embracing the season of goodwill once again this year by calling on charities and community groups across the UK to register so that they can collect food donations this Christmas Eve.

This will be the third year Aldi has run the festive donation scheme, which began in 2017.

Aldi will be donating the left over food. Credit: PA
Aldi will be donating the left over food. Credit: PA

Earlier this year the budget supermarket teamed with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to key charitable organisations. Now 95 percent of stores are donating surplus food up to five days a week, all year round.

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Christmas provides an opportunity for even more people to benefit from the initiative, and Aldi is therefore calling on all charities and community groups to get in touch for a Christmas Eve donation.

Aldi are calling for charities and community groups to get in contact. Credit: Aldi
Aldi are calling for charities and community groups to get in contact. Credit: Aldi

As part of the Christmas initiative, charities and community groups will be paired with local Aldi stores and can collect fresh food products that are near the end of their shelf life - such as fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread - after the store closes at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Last Christmas, Aldi donated just under half a million meals to charities across the UK, and is hoping to increase this in 2019, spreading Christmas cheer to even more families.

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Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: "Our Christmas food donation scheme is something we're really passionate about, and we're working with Neighbourly this year to pair as many stores up as possible.

"Last year we were able to reach thousands of people across the UK, and some charities were even able to prepare fresh meals that fed families well into the New Year. This is our third year of Christmas food donations and we're hoping this year will be just as successful, and we look forward to working with local charities and food banks in the future."

Charities will be able to pick up leftover food at 6pm on Christmas Eve. Credit: PA
Charities will be able to pick up leftover food at 6pm on Christmas Eve. Credit: PA

Charitable groups interested in working with Aldi this Christmas should contact Neighbourly at [email protected] before Monday 11 November 2019.

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Any groups applying to receive donations must have a level 2 hygiene certificate which has been gained in the last two years. They'll also need to be a registered charity, CIC (community interest company) or community group and they must be able to collect, transport and store chilled food products.

You can find out more about Aldi's involvement in the scheme by visiting its Neighbourly profile.

Featured Image Credit: Aldi

Topics: Aldi, Christmas, uk news, News, UK

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