Aldi stores in Burnley embrace the season of giving this Christmas

Aldi forged a partnership with Neighbourly earlier this year, a community engagement platform that links businesses to key charitable organisations
Aldi forged a partnership with Neighbourly earlier this year, a community engagement platform that links businesses to key charitable organisations

Supermarket chain Aldi is calling on charities and community groups across Burnley to register so that they can collect food donations this Christmas Eve.

Following the launch earlier this year of the successful partnership with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to key charitable organisations, 95% of Aldi stores are now donating surplus food up to five days a week, all year round.

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 for Christmas 2019.

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 from Burnley in the future.”