PERISHABLE food at Aldi's Winsford store is now being donated to vulnerable people.

Fresh fruit, vegetables, long life items and baked goods are being given to groups including mental health charity Mid-Cheshire Mind and Changing Lives who support people living on low incomes.

The new partnerships follow a successful trial between the supermarket and community engagement platform, Neighbourly.

Aldi has teamed up 22 stores in Cheshire with local good causes that are now collecting surplus food up to five days a week.

The trial began in January 2019, and following its success, was rolled out across all Aldis stores.

Last year the supermarket donated two million meals to charity and expects to increase this by 50 per cent now the trial has been extended to its 827 stores.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “We’re always looking for new and creative ways to increase the amount of food we are able to donate. This partnership is enabling us to distribute even more surplus stock, while supporting a vast range of good causes, across Cheshire.

“Our aim is for fresh, healthy food to be accessible for everyone, and Neighbourly are helping us to extend this commitment beyond our affordable range of fresh products.”

Steve Butterworth, Neighbourly chief executive officer, said "We are delighted to be partnering with Aldi on this programme and to help them realise their ambition to benefit those communities local to each and every one of their stores across the UK. Food surplus is a challenge Aldi is committed to playing its part to address. This approach is critical to ensure surplus food finds its way easily to the good causes supporting those communities that need it most."

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Any local charities in Winsford looking to partner up with an Aldi store should email to apply.

Aldi has not sent any waste to landfill since 2014 and has also pledged to reduce operational food waste by 50 per cent by 2030 as part of the Friends of Champions 12.3 network.