Aldi is doing its part to help people in poverty this Christmas. They are giving away any leftover food that is in the store after the closing time of 4pm on the 24th of December. The food will be available to good causes and people who need it.
People can take as much or as little produce as they want. This includes fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, fish, bakery items, chilled goods, dairy items, desserts and ready meals. However, the company says that they have a limited number of cardboard boxes to hold the items in.
On a statement online, Aldi wrote ‘Aldi is offering local organisations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. As Aldi stores will be shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until the 27th of December, they will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that they 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 levels of food available to vary, however estimations of around 20-30 crates will be expected from each store.’
The statement then goes on to state how to contact Aldi to ask for food crates. However, the number in the image is currently too busy. The email firstname.lastname@example.org should be used to contact Aldi about arranging a pick up.
Aldi is encouraging charities and organisations to get in touch with any of their branches across the UK.
Aldi’s initiative has received widespread praise online. Many are urging other supermarkets to meet the scheme.
One person on Twitter said “Marvellous from Aldi. I do hope the so called ‘big’ stores are listening.” Someone else wrote “What a great move by AldiUK – Do you work for a charity that this would benefit? No one should go without food this Christmas in the West Midlands.”
Whatever the area of the UK, it is more important than ever that we help each other. People can do their part by supporting Aldi and shopping there, to show their support for this initiative.