The supermarket teamed up with charities to supply its unsold food to those in need over the festive period

Aldi Christmas donations

Aldi donated unsold fresh food to community charities for redistribution to those in need over the festive period

Aldi said it donated around 1.5 million meals to those in need over the festive period.

The supermarket paired up its stores with local charities, community groups and food banks across the UK to collect unsold fresh and chilled food when stores closed their doors early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The food donations are part of Aldi’s partnership with Neighbourly, a community giving platform that links businesses to charitable organisations.

Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket also worked in partnership with Company Shop Group this Christmas to provide around 2,000 meals at its Community Kitchens across the UK in the run-up to Christmas.

Liz Fox, national sustainability director at Aldi UK, said: “We are so proud to team up with such amazing charity partners throughout the UK and the impact they have cannot be underestimated, especially during the winter months when their services are needed more than ever.

“We are pleased that through our partnership with both Neighbourly and Company Shop we have been able to give back to the communities we serve by providing more donations than ever this Christmas.”

Steve Butterworth, chief executive officer at Neighbourly, added: “We’re pleased to have supported Aldi once again during what is often one of the busiest periods for our charities. Large donations like Aldi’s allow us to provide vital support to communities across the country who would otherwise miss out.”