Aldi has pledged to dish out surplus food to charities this Christmas with a call for other supermarkets to follow suit.
The German budget retailer says it will hand out leftover food to good causes on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
Aldi UK, with its headquarters in Atherstone, Warwickshire, is urging charities to contact its head office and provide contact details.
Food can then be collected from Aldi stores when the supermarket shuts its doors on Christmas Eve.
Aldi posted a notice online which said: “As our stores will shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until the 27th of December, we will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that we wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and to prevent food going to waste.
“We are unfortunately unable to deliver products on a locally, so it would be essential that your organisation is able to collect. We will expect the levels of food available to vary, however estimations of around 20-30 crates will be expected from each store. If you wish to collect all products available, we would therefore recommend providing a large car or van, or being prepared to make multiple journeys.
“However you are more than welcome to take as much of the products offered as you can use – you are not required to take all products. We would also ask to ensure that you bring appropriate collection containers (bags, crates, boxes, etc.) as we will only have a limited number of cardboard boxes potentially available for use.”
The company says it will dish out fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, bread and bakery products available as well as chilled products including dairy, desserts and ready meals.
All products will have at least one day remaining.
People praised Aldi on Twitter and Facebook and urged other supermarkets to follow the supermarket’s lead.
Emma Mistletofi tweeted: “Aldi have confirmed this is true, which is wonderful. Now, how many other big supermarkets will do the same and if not, why not?”