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Aldi donates 22,000 meals to East Kent Young People’s Service

26 June 2020

Aldi has provided Sanctuary Supported Living’s East Kent Young People’s Service with more than 22,000 meals during the past year.

Aldi donates meals to young people in KentVulnerable young people in Kent are benefiting from donations of fresh food from nearby Aldi stores.

East Kent Young People’s Service, which provides accommodation and support for people aged between 16 and 25 facing homelessness, has benefitted from donations of fresh food from the Aldi stores in Ramsgate, Sheerness, Sittingbourne and Whitstable. The supplies are used for the supported housing residents’ breakfast and dinner clubs, which give young people the opportunity to socialise with one another and build positive relationships, as well as learn new skills.

Jane Knights, Head of Service from Sanctuary Supported Living, said: “We’re seeing more young people across Kent turning to us for support, and we are working hard to ensure that residents live healthy lives and learn essential cooking skills, so that they can one day move on and live independently. We rely on the generosity of others, and Aldi’s regular donations are helping us to do even more to support vulnerable young people. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

The milestone marks the one-year anniversary of Aldi’s partnership with community engagement platform Neighbourly, which sees each store donate perishable items such as fresh fruit and veg as well as long life items and baked goods at the end of each day to local food banks and charities.

Since the beginning of the partnership, Aldi has donated over six million meals to good causes across the UK. Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “We’re always looking for new and creative ways to put leftover food from our stores to good use. Our partnership with Sanctuary Supported Living and other charities in the area is enabling us to distribute even more surplus stock to those who need it most.

“Our aim is for fresh, healthy food to be accessible for everyone, and our successful partnership with Neighbourly has enabled us to extend this commitment by supporting more charities and community groups across the South East. We look forward to continuing this important work with them.”

Steve Butterworth, Neighbourly CEO said: "Our partnership with Aldi has been a huge success over the past year, and we have plans to extend the programme further in the coming months, helping them to reduce more food waste and make a positive difference to the communities where they operate.”

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Aldi’s regular donations are helping us to do even more to support vulnerable young people.

Jane Knights, Head of Service

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