The new partnerships follow on from a successful trial between the supermarket and community engagement platform, Neighbourly. Aldi has paired up a total of nine stores in Hull and East Riding with local good causes. These groups are now collecting surplus food up to five days a week.
Each store is donating perishable items such as fresh fruit and veg. While they are also donating long life items and baked goods.
The trial began in January 2019. Following its success, was rolled out across Aldi’s entire store estate.
Last year the supermarket donated two million meals to charity. They now expect to increase this by 50 per cent with the trial being extended to its 827 stores.
Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK and Ireland, said;
“We’re always looking for new and creative ways to increase the amount of food we are able to donate. This partnership is enabling us to distribute even more surplus stock. Also by doing this, we are able to support a vast range of good causes, across East Riding.”
“Our aim is for fresh, healthy food to be accessible for everyone. Neighbourly is helping us to extend this commitment beyond our affordable range of fresh products.”
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Steve Butterworth, Neighbourly CEO said;
“We are delighted to be partnering with Aldi on this programme and to help them realise their ambition to benefit those communities local to each and every one of their stores across the UK.”
“Food surplus is a challenge Aldi is committed to playing its part to address. This approach is critical to ensure surplus food finds its way easily to good causes. Also, it ensures it supports those communities that need it most.”
Any local charities in Beverley looking to partner up with an Aldi store should email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Aldi has not sent any waste to landfill since 2014. Also, they have pledged to reduce operational food waste by 50% by 2030. This is part of their Friends of Champions 12.3 network.
Aldi has worked with Fareshare and Company Shop since 2012. It now also partners with Neighbourly to explore the benefits of more direct relationships within the communities its stores serve.