In celebration of the holiday season, grocery store chain Aldi is being lauded for announcing a plan to donate all unsold fresh food to various nonprofits and charitable organizations on the afternoon before Christmas.

The company first published news of their philanthropic endeavor on social media and called for their fellow corporations to follow suit.

“Aldi is offering local organizations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve,” said the company in a statement.

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“As Aldi stores will shut at 4pm 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, a global discount supermarket chain with over 10,000 stores in 18 countries, is unable to deliver so organizations would have to collect the bounty themselves.

They will expect the level of food available to vary. However, estimates of around 20 to 30 crates will be expected from each store.

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