Chris Skidmore MP welcomes Aldi’s Christmas donation campaign

The local MP for Kingswood has welcomed Aldi’s 2018 Christmas food donation campaign, which will see all their UK stores redistributing all of their surplus fresh food to local charities and organisations on Christmas Eve.

Chris Skidmore MP visited the Aldi store in Longwell Green on Friday 16th November to show his support for the campaign. The MP spoke to staff at the store, learning about the store’s festive food donations scheme and how it may benefit local residents and the community.

Aldi plans to close their stores on 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018, which will enable staff to enjoy a well-deserved break this holiday period. The store will then be organising all fresh food, which would go unsold during this period, to be donated to good causes all around the UK, with local charities in our community set to benefit from the supermarket chain’s anti-waste campaign.

As part of the scheme, charities and community organisations will be paired with local stores and will be able to collect perishable products such as fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread after the store closes at 6pm. Charities and food banks had until Sunday 18th November to apply.

Last year Aldi donated almost 500,000 meals from over 300 participating stores, with staff hoping the 2018 scheme will build on last Christmas’ success and reach a new target, ensuring that as much food surplus as possible is going to human consumption over the holidays.

Chris Skidmore said: “I was delighted to speak to staff at our local Aldi store to learn more about their Christmas donations campaign, and to support their efforts to help those in need and to ensure no unsold food will be wasted during the holidays. At such an important time of year, it is great to see a large company such as Aldi give back to our community and supporting good causes and local charities.”