Aldi invites good causes to register for a gift of surplus festive food
Aldi encourages charities, community groups and food banks to register now to receive surplus food donations this Christmas.
Within the framework of Aldipledges to donate 10 million meals this year to hungry UK families, the supermarket pledged to donate more meals than ever to good causes over the holiday season.
Christmas offers the opportunity for even more organizations to benefit from Aldifruitful partnership with Neighborly. The community engagement platform connects businesses with food banks and charities, enabling everyone Aldifrom 930 UK stores to donate surplus food seven days a week, year round.
With all Aldi Stores are set to close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, the retailer wants to make sure all products nearing the end of their lifespan reach families who might otherwise be missing this Christmas.
Charities, food banks and community groups that could benefit from the program are encouraged to make contact and register now for a festive food donation from Britain’s fifth largest supermarket.
Existing charitable partnerships will be a priority for these festive collections, but where there is availability, additional organizations are invited to apply to be matched with a local. Aldi store to collect fresh and chilled food items – including fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread – before stores close on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Mary Dunn, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: âOur food donation program operates year round, but we know Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for the families and communities we support.
âThis is why we are so committed to increasing the number of meals we give this holiday season, and we look forward to working with local charities this Christmas to help us reach our goal of 10 million meals for the year. “
Steve Butterworth, Neighbourly, added: âWith the impact of the pandemic still being felt by communities up and down the country, charities and local causes expect record demand for their services this Christmas.
âWe’re sure there are many other groups out there who could put this food to good use, so we encourage them to contact us. “
Organizations do not need to be a registered charity to apply, but must:
- Have a level two hygiene certificate obtained within the last two years
- Be able to transport and store refrigerated food items after picking them up on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.
Aldi has been working with Neighbourly since early 2019. As part of the partnership, it introduced community donation points in all stores earlier this month, giving customers the option to donate food or household items to local causes throughout the year.
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