SOMERSET branches of a notable supermarket chain have donated 8,900 meals worth of food to local families in need during the summer holidays.

All Aldi stores within the county clubbed together to redistrubute surplus food to nearby food banks and charities.

The county-wide redistribution efforts were processed through Neighbourly, a community giving platform which has been utilised by Aldi stores since 2019.

Since the partnership began, Aldi have donated 35 million meals, including over 7 million this year so far.

Liz Fox, Corporate Responsibility Director at Aldi UK, said: “The school holidays are always an incredibly hard time for households across the country, made even worse by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. 

"That’s why we committed to supporting even more families in Somerset this summer via our food donations scheme with Neighbourly, helping vital charities provide meals to those who need them most.” 

Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, added: “Demand on charities and foodbanks in Somerset is incredibly high.

"This push in donations from Aldi was essential in helping so many families during the school holidays and we know how grateful the organisations were for the supermarket’s support.” 

Shoppers can also get involved with donating food by dropping off their surplus food at the community donation points found in all Aldi stores.