Local charities and community groups in Laois have received over 3,000 meals through Aldi’s partnership with FoodCloud.
The discount supermarket has also announced that that the Portlaoise based Kolbe Special School is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi's new community support fund.
The Irish United Nations Veterans Association, Portlaoise and Laois Partnership Company have been assisted by the supermarket chain. through a national partnership with FoodCloud whereby surplus food from Aldi stores across the country would be redistributed to charities and community groups.
A total of 79 Aldi stores are now participating in the programme, donating over 234 tonnes of surplus food so far.
Commenting, Finbar McCarthy, Aldi’s Group Buying Director said, “We are delighted to be supporting charities across County Laois through FoodCloud. Even across an efficient retail operation such as Aldi, there will unavoidably be some unsold, surplus food each day. By partnering with FoodCloud such surplus food goes to a good cause.
“Combating food poverty and waste in the areas our stores serve is a central pillar of our community programme and we would encourage any charity or community group in County Laois that can benefit from FoodCloud’s services to register at www.food.cloud.”
Commenting, FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien said: “Our national partnership with Aldi has increased the scale and the number of charities we can help each day, making a real difference to local communities across Ireland. We are hugely grateful to Aldi for its continued support of FoodCloud and for its incredible donation of 500,000 meals.”.
Eearlier this year, Aldi staff have awarded Kolbe Special School a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services.
The grant was presented to Brother Matthew Hayes, Chairman of the Board of Management at Kolbe Special School by Alex Kulagihs, Aldi’s “Charity Champion”.