Aldi has donated 10,000 activity books to charities across the UK to help keep children entertained during the school holidays.
The books, which will be shared with families in need nationwide, include games, activities and recipe ideas for kids, with the supermarket also donating a selection of snacks alongside.
The initiative is part of Aldi’s partnership with community giving platform Neighbourly, which sees the supermarket donate surplus food from all its stores throughout the year to those in need.
Recent research from Neighbourly found that 89% of local causes have seen demand to provide activities for children increase in the last year, with 94% agreeing that the cost-of-living crisis is impacting children’s access to items like books and toys.
Liz Fox, Corporate Responsibility Director at Aldi UK, said: “We want to support local communities in any way we can, and we hope these activity books will help to keep children entertained over the school holidays.”
Steve Butterworth, Chief Executive Officer at Neighbourly, added: “The cost-of-living crisis is creating financial pressure for many families. Aldi’s additional donations will go a long way to putting a smile on children’s faces over the February half-term.”
Aldi’s partnership with Neighbourly has donated 30 million meals to good causes since launching its food donations initiative in 2019 and will see thousands of free meals given to local charities, foodbanks and community groups over half term.
It hit the milestone after donating £250,000 to Neighbourly ahead of the Christmas period and launching its Emergency Winter Foodbank Fund to further support increased demand on these organisations.
Aldi is spreading the festive cheer and bringing together local communities by donating Christmas lunches to those in low-income areas across the UK.
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket is working in partnership with Company Shop Group to provide free Christmas dinners at Community Shops in the run-up to Christmas.
Aldi has announced when its stores will be open over Christmas and New Year.
From Monday 18th December to Saturday 23rd December, shoppers can visit Aldi stores between 7am and 10pm to pick up everything they need to celebrate Christmas, at the lowest possible prices.