Aldi to donate food to charities in Northampton over Christmas

The supermarket is, once again, embracing the season of goodwill by calling on charities to sign up now to receive food donations on Christmas Eve.

By Megan Hillery
Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 6:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 6:42 pm
Aldi is teaming up with Neighbourly once again to donate food to charities across Northampton this Christmas Eve.
Aldi is teaming up with Neighbourly once again to donate food to charities across Northampton this Christmas Eve.

The supermarket chain store, Aldi, is calling on charities, community groups and food banks across Northampton to register now to receive surplus food donations this Christmas Eve.

Last Christmas, Aldi donated nearly 450,000 meals to good causes throughout the UK and is aiming to beat this number for Christmas 2020. The donated meals will support those in need at a time when more households are experiencing financial hardship and food insecurity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aldi’s partnership with Neighbourly - a community engagement platform that links businesses to food banks and charities - meant that all of Aldi’s 894 stores now donate surplus food every day all year round.

Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, Luke Peech, said: “Our Christmas food donations scheme plays a big role in supporting those in need during the festive period and is something we are very passionate about. This is our fourth year running the initiative and we look forward to working with local charities in Northampton once again.

“Last year we were able to help thousands of people across the UK, and this year we’re hoping to extend this even further in what has been a challenging year for so many.”

Charities and community groups in Northampton with the resources to help are now being encouraged to register for a festive food donation from Britain’s fifth largest supermarket.

Charities will be paired with local Aldi stores and can collect fresh and chilled food products that are near the end of their shelf life - including fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread - ahead of stores closing on Christmas Eve.

The CEO of Neighbourly, Steve Butterworth, said: “Sadly, charities and local causes are expecting record demand for their services this Christmas because of the pandemic and its impact on communities up and down the country.

“We’re sure there are lots more groups out there that could put the food to good use, so we’d encourage them to get in touch.”

Organisations do not need to be a registered charity to apply but they must have a level two hygiene certificate gained in the last two years and they must be able to transport and store chilled food products after collecting them on Christmas Eve at 5pm.

Those interested in working with Aldi this Christmas should contact Neighbourly at [email protected] before December 7 2020.