Aldi says there will be around 2,000 free places available on the Christmas Dinner scheme this year
Aldi is donating Christmas dinner to Brits in low-income areas across the UK this winter.
The discount supermarket chain is providing the scheme through a partnership with Company Shop Group. Aldi has worked with Company Shop Group since 2015 to manage surplus stock from all of its Regional Distribution Centres.
This stock is then sold at discounted prices at Company Shops and Community Shop outlets to the group’s members. Under Aldi’s scheme, Company Shop members will be given the opportunity to sign up for the three-course meal.
Aldi says there will be around 2,000 free places available on the Christmas Dinner scheme this year. It is free to become a member of the Company Group and you will be eligible to join if you claim a means test benefit such as Universal Credit, Council Tax Support, or Housing benefit.
You can also join if you are an employee of the NHS, Care and Emergency Services, Prison Service, British Armed Forces, and the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods supply chain. You can join online through the Company Shop Group’s website here.
The Company Shop currently has around 14 member-only supermarkets across England and Scotland. When signing up, you will be asked to name your closest Company Group supermarket. Company Group supermarket stores are located in:
- Long Eaton
- St Helens
Aldi UK national sustainability director Liz Fox said: “Our regional distribution centres work with Company Shop Group all year round, redistributing our surplus stock and donating food to provide affordable groceries for Community Shop members.
“This Christmas, we want to do something extra special to show our support, providing Christmas lunch donations to spread some festive joy among those who need it most.”
Community Shop’s executive chairman Gary Scott said: “We’re incredibly grateful for Aldi’s generosity. Many of our members will feel the impact of the cost-of-living crisis even more this Christmas and moments like this will help to spread some Christmas cheer and bring our communities together.”