Su­per­mar­ket’s Xmas present for the needy

Burton Mail - - News - By BEN WAL­DRON ben­jamin.wal­dron@reach­ @BenWal­dron96

IT will be a bet­ter Christ­mas for home­less groups across Bur­ton and South Der­byshire af­ter su­per­mar­ket chain Aldi pledged to do­nate un­sold food to the needy.

Home­less char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­ing urged to con­tact the su­per­mar­ket chain, which will be giv­ing away fresh food that is not sold on Christ­mas Eve.

The Aldi stores tak­ing part are Horn­inglow Street, Bur­ton, The Pipeworks at Hep­worth Re­tail Park, Swadlin­cote, Huntspill Road, Hil­ton, and Dents Road, Ashby.

Aldi’s 775 UK stores are all tak­ing part, and prod­ucts such as meat, fish, bread, fruit and veg­eta­bles will be handed out when they close at 6pm.

Char­i­ties will have to reg­is­ter with their near­est store in ad­vance, and will not be able to turn up on the day.

Fritz Wal­leczek, manag­ing di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity at Aldi, said: “We’re start­ing our fes­tive do­na­tions scheme even ear­lier this year to give as many char­i­ties as pos­si­ble the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply.

“We want to give some­thing back to the com­mu­ni­ties that we serve at such an im­por­tant time of year.

“Last year we were able to reach thou­sands of peo­ple across the UK, and some char­i­ties were even able to pre­pare fresh meals that fed fam­i­lies well into the New Year.”

This ini­tia­tive is an ex­ten­sion of Aldi’s food do­na­tions part­ner­ships.

The su­per­mar­ket works with FareShare and Com­pany Shop through­out the year and has also pledged to re­duce food waste by 50% by 2030.

Stephen Gadsby took this photo of Bretby Hall, the an­ces­tral home of the Earls of Ch­ester­field, a ti­tle granted by King Charles I. Send your pic­tures to our image man­ager Si­mon Dea­con at si­mon.dea­con@reach­

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