German supermarket chain Aldi is working with food poverty charities who will be supplying vulnerable people with food free this Christmas Eve.
The food retailer made the announcement as foodbank charity The Trussell Trust said it expects this Christmas to be its busiest on record.
Aldi said it would be sharing unsold food with food banks in support of “less fortunate individuals” to “prevent food going to waste”.
The German discounter will hand out all of its unsold fresh food to food charity organisations it is working with after stores close on Christmas Eve.
The supermarket said: “As Aldi stores will shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until December 27, they will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that they will wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and to prevent food going to waste.”
Aldi expect 20 to 30 crates of food will be available on average from each store.
Many praised the move by the German retail giant. Tesco has been giving food charities its excess groceries since last February.
Food banks bracing themselves for record demand this Christmas
The Trussell Trust has issued a chilling warning that the supermarkets’ help may not be enough to stop their food banks running out with a record number of families going hungry in the UK this December.
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Last year The Trussell Trust had to issue 186,185 three-day emergency food parcels up 44 per cent on the year before, and they warn they are bracing themselves for the leanest December ever for the families forced to turn to food banks.
After more than four decades of growth the American fastfood chain has become a mainstay on most UK highstreets, with 1,249 branches now in operation since the first outlet opened in Woolwich in 1974.
But the number of foodbanks has surpassed that figure in half that time, with more than 2,000 in operation according to Independent Food Aid Network figures, some 1,200 of which are run by The Trussell Trust.