ALDI in Hereford is giving away meals across the county this Christmas.

The national supermarket chain is working to feed people in Herefordshire by giving surplus food to food banks, charities, and community groups this Christmas.

Last year Aldi, in Eign Street, gave 900 meals to those in need at Christmas, and 1,981 in 2019.

With all Aldi set to close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and News Year's Day, the supermarket chain wants to ensure that any products nearing the end of their shelf-life reach families who might otherwise miss out this Christmas.

Food donated will include fresh and chilled food products such as fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish, and bread.

Across the UK Aldi has pledged to donate 10 million meals to families facing hunger this year.

Food banks, community groups and charities in Herefordshire who could benefit from the scheme are encouraged to get in touch and register now.

Although, existing charity partnerships will be prioritised for these festive collections, where there's availability, additional organisations are being invited to apply.

Mary Dunn, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: "Our food donations scheme operates year-round, but we know that Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for the families and communities we support.

"That is why we are so committed to increasing the number of meals we donate over the festive season, and we look forward to working with local charities in Herefordshire this Christmas to help us meet our 10 million meals target for the year."

As a part of their partnership with national charity Neighbourly.

Organisations do not need to be a registered charity to apply but must have a level two hygiene certificate gained in the last two years and be able to transport and store chilled food products after collecting them on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at 5pm.

Those interested in working with Aldi this Christmas should contact Neighbourly at before December 5, 2021.