With food banks experiencing a record high this year, Aldi has pledged to give the ‘less fortunate’ free food after their stores close on Christmas Eve.
Making sure any unsold, fresh food doesn’t go to waste, the supermarket will donate any surplus of food to agreed charitable organisations nationwide, where it will then be redistributed to those less fortunate.
The supermarket has predicted there will be between 20-30 crates of fresh food unsold in each store on Christmas Eve – which would otherwise be a huge waste at what can be a stressful time for the vulnerable.
A spokesperson for the supermarket has said of the gesture:
“Aldi is offering local organisations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
“As Aldi stores will shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until December 27, they will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that they will wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and to prevent food going to waste.
“Aldi is unable to deliver products so it would be essential that your organisation is able to collect.
“They will expect the level of food available to vary, however, estimations of around 20 to 30 crates will be expected from each store.”
The move comes after the supermarket announced they would be keeping their stores closed on Boxing Day to allow their staff time to recuperate after Christmas Day.