Do you know all the fresh food that goes to waste at grocery stores? A recent whistleblower took a video of a Walmart Superstore that was taking out cartloads of fresh-looking food to the trash bins and wasn’t allowing anyone to take it. While the store later admitted that it only did it because it was required to by health codes since the store’s power had failed during a storm, at the time it seemed like a massive waste to the man who filmed the encounter.
To do good this Christmas, the grocery store Aldi plans to give away all its unsold fresh food away to charities who can help people in need.
Because Aldi wants to provide service to people in its communities, it plans to give away the unsold food to anyone willing to come pick it up. This is an excellent service to the unfortunate individuals who are going without this Christmas season.
On social media, Aldi published a plea for charities and food banks across the country to come to their stores and collect the unsold food so they can give it to those who need it.
Aldi’s statement was direct toward food banks and organizations that help those in need during the holidays.
Aldi hopes to help the “less fortunate individuals” in need and to “prevent food going to waste.”
This is an admirable thing to do during Christmas.
In the official statement from the grocery store chain, they said:
“Aldi is offering local organizations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. As Aldi stores will shut at 4 pm on Christmas Eve until December 27, they will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that they will wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and to prevent food going to waste.”
Aldi wants to provide this fantastic service to community organizations. In exchange for the free food, Aldi only needs individuals to come and pick up the food.
“Aldi is unable to deliver products so it would be essential that your organization is able to collect. They will expect the level of food available to vary. However, estimations of around 20 to 30 crates will be expected from each store.”
Social media users from around the globe have joined together to praise Aldi for their humanitarian effort – especially during the holiday season.
Twitter users have shared their praise for the store.
“Kudos to Aldi arranging for dispersal of unsold food on Christmas Eve to organizations helping those in need. Let’s hope others follow suit. Well done,” Rachel Bullock wrote.
“Fair play to Aldi for this one. Pity a few more household supermarkets don’t follow suit. It ought to carry on throughout the year.”
A competitor of Aldi in the United Kingdom, Tesco, beat Aldi to the punch. They have been handing out food to local charities since February 2017.
Do you agree that more grocery stores should donate their unsold food to people in need? Should Walmart do this?