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Mary Dunn, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “This year, we are committed to donating more meals

Aldi is rolling out new community donation points in stores nationwide to help support those in need.

From October, stores will feature donation boxes near the packing benches in stores for customers who wish to donate any food or household products, regardless of where they were purchased, to local good causes.

From long-life foods like grains and tinned goods to non-food items such as toiletries and cleaning products, the supermarket has released a list of the items that are most in demand to help guide customers.

All donations will be distributed to local charities, foodbanks and community groups that are part of the surplus food donation scheme on selected days via community giving platform Neighbourly.

The new initiative follows Aldi’s commitment to donate 10 million meals across the country in 2021, with the supermarket already working with Neighbourly to donate surplus food from stores each day.

Recently, Aldi donated over one million meals to charities, community groups and foodbanks over the school summer holidays. 

Mary Dunn, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “This year, we are committed to donating more meals to those in need than ever before, and we know that our customers want to help too.

“This is why we are working with Neighbourly to extend our current donations scheme, making it easy for customers to donate food and essential supplies to those in need year-round.”

Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, added: “Customer donations can help make a real difference, and I’d encourage anyone who is able to get involved to do so. The list of most-needed items should help guide customers when deciding what to donate; however anything people can contribute will be a massive help.”

Top 25 most in-demand items

  1. Coffee
  2. Cereal
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Tinned meat
  5. Pasta/cooking sauce
  6. Tea
  7. Tinned fruit
  8. UHT milk
  9. Tinned tomatoes
  10. Tinned vegetables
  11. Rice
  12. Pasta
  13. Biscuits
  14. Tinned desserts
  15. Soup
  16. Lentils, beans, pulses
  17. Baby food
  18. Toilet paper
  19. Toiletries
  20. Laundry powders / detergents
  21. Cleaning products
  22. Feminine / sanitary items
  23. Dish washing liquid / tablets
  24. Nappies and baby wipes
  25. Pet food

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