A SUPERMARKET chain donated thousands of meals to people in need over the Easter school holidays. 

Aldi paired up with charities, community groups and foodbanks to donate more than 11,000 meals to help those most in need. 

Through its partnership with the community giving platform, Neighbourly, the supermarket provided an additional lifeline for people struggling. 

Liz Fox, corporate responsibility director at Aldi UK, said: "We understand that the school holidays can be an especially challenging time for families, particularly amid the current cost-of-living crisis.

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“Neighbourly carries out such vital work in the community, so we’re proud to be able to support them and the charities, foodbanks and community groups they work with in Hampshire in their efforts to support those who may be struggling.”

More than 550,000 meals were donated throughout the UK, with almost 2,000 UK causes benefitting from the initiative in total.

Steve Butterworth, CEO of Neighbourly, added: “The impact of the cost-of-living crisis has intensified, meaning that the demand on foodbanks is continuing to increase, particularly during the school holidays.

“The donations from Aldi are a lifeline for many and provide the essential boost good causes need to continue supporting their communities.”