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Aldi is giving away leftover food to anyone in need on Christmas Eve

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Aldi is giving away leftover food to anyone in need on Christmas Eve
Aldi says surplus food will be available for good causes on Christmas Eve (Picture: Getty)

Aldi is helping to tackle poverty this festive season by giving away leftover food to anyone in need on Christmas Eve.

The budget supermarket chain said that any surplus food left in store when shops shut at 4pm on December 24 will be available for good causes and those in need.

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In a statement that has been widely circulated online they wrote: ‘Aldi is offering local organisations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

‘As Aldi stores will shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until the 27th of December, they will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that they wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and to prevent food going to waste.

‘Aldi is unable to deliver products so it would be essential that your organisation is able to collect.

Aldi is giving away leftovers to anyone in need on Christmas Eve
This statement was widely circulated online (Picture: Aldi)

‘They will expect the levels of food available to vary, however estimations of around 20-30 crates will be expected from each store.’

People can take as much or as little produce as they like, which includes fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, fish, bakery, chilled goods, dairy items, desserts and ready meals.

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The company says however that they have a limited number of cardboard boxes.

Aldi is urging charities and organisations to get in touch with any of their branches across the UK.

The initiative has been met with widespread praise online, with many urging the other supermarkets to launch their own scheme.

Aldi is giving away leftover food to anyone in need on Christmas Eve
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One person wrote on Twitter: ‘Big well done to AldiUK for being so thoughtful at this time of year.’

Another wrote: ‘Marvelous from Aldi. I do hope the so called ‘big’ stores are listening.’

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While another said: ‘What a great move by AldiUK – Do you work for a charity that this would benefit?

‘No one should go without food this Christmas in the West Midlands.’

Aldi has been contacted for comment.

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