The discounter announces biggest-ever meal donations over school holidays

Aldi is set to make its biggest ever meal donation over the summer, with the UK’s fourth-largest supermarket expecting to provide around 1.5 million meals to those in need during the upcoming school holidays.

Its 990 UK stores will support local charities and foodbanks during a period of increased demand by redistributing surplus food via community giving platform Neighbourly, with the supermarket already donating over seven million meals so far this year.

This summer Aldi is also giving every child in the UK a chance to try an Olympic or Paralympic sport for free as part of its ‘Get a Taste for Sport’ initiative.

In partnership with Team GB and ParalympicsGB, shoppers who spend more than £30 in store before Monday 31 July will receive a voucher which entitles a child to a free taster session of an Olympic or Paralympic sport, helping parents meet the cost of extra-curricular activities during the summer holidays.

Liz Fox, corporate responsibility director at Aldi UK, said: “The school holidays are always an incredibly hard time for households across the country, made even worse by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. That’s why we’re committed to supporting even more families in need this summer via our food donations scheme with Neighbourly, helping vital charities provide meals to those who need them most.”

Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, added: “Demand on charities and foodbanks is incredibly high and these organisations are in need of more support than ever. This push in donations from Aldi will be essential in helping so many families during the school holidays and we know how grateful they will be.”

Since Aldi’s partnership with Neighbourly began in 2019, stores have already donated more than 35 million meals.

Shoppers can also donate food to local charities, food banks and community groups via the community donation points in Aldi stores nationwide.

Britain’s fourth largest supermarket also works with Company Shop, the UK’s leading redistributor of surplus food and household products, to redistribute surplus food from its Regional Distribution Centres to Community Shops around the country.