Mansfield and Ashfield groups benefited as Aldi donated 14,800 meals to people in need across Notts for Christmas

Aldi supported local charities, community groups and food banks in Mansfield and Ashfield by donating 14,800 meals to people in need across Nottinghamshire this Christmas.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 8:38 am

The supermarket, which has stores in Mansfield, Kirkby and Sutton, paired up its stores with local organisations to make the most of unsold fresh and chilled food after stores closed on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, as part of its pledge to donate 1.8 million meals to families experiencing food poverty during November and December.

About 550,000 meals were donated nationwide and more than 700 UK causes benefited from the initiative over the festive period.

The initiative is part of Aldi’s successful partnership with Neighbourly, a community giving platform which links businesses to charitable organisations.

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Aldi donated 14,800 meals to charities across Nottinghamshire at Christmas. Photo: Daniel Graves

Thanks to this, all of Aldi’s more than 950 UK stores now donate surplus food to good causes seven days a week, all year round.

This year’s Christmas donations have helped Aldi to meet its pledge to donate 10 million meals to families in need in 2021 through its partnership with Neighbourly.

Since beginning its partnership with Neighbourly in April 2019, Aldi has donated more than 20 million meals across the UK.

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Mary Dunn, Aldi managing director of corporate responsibility, said: “The festive season is always a hard time for people affected by food poverty, so we are incredibly proud to have supported so many amazing causes in Nottinghamshire this Christmas.”

Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, said: “This Christmas was without a doubt one of the busiest on record for the UK’s charities and food banks.

"The sizeable donations from Aldi would have been a massive lifeline for so many of them.”

Aldi has been working with Neighbourly since early 2019.

"As part of the partnership, Aldi introduced community donation points in all stores last year, offering customers the opportunity to donate any food or household products to local causes all year round.”

Aldi’s stores include Nottingham Road and Oakleaf Close in Mansfield, Leeming Lane South in Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield Road and Station Road in Sutton, and Urban Road in Kirkby, as well as Carter Lane in Shirebrook and Nottingham Road in Somercotes.

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