ALDI Australia is donating $250,000 worth of food and essential goods to its national food charity partner, Foodbank, to support the flood-affected communities in south east Queensland and northern NSW.
The retailer is also now accepting customer donations for Foodbank at the cash registers of its stores nationwide.
ALDI Australia Director Corporate Responsibility Daniel Baker says that it’s imperative to support the communities impacted by recent weather events, with many Australians being left without access to vital supplies as a result of the devastation.
“As a retailer with a strong presence throughout the eastern seaboard, we have a responsibility to step up and support our fellow communities when they are in need,” he says.
“The recent floods have devastated many communities in which we operate, with many of our own store teams directly impacted by these events.
“It is our hope that these communities are able to recover quickly and that food and essentials are distributed to those who need it most right now.”
Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey says with a growing demand for food relief in communities impacted by flooding, ALDI’s contribution will make a big difference.
“ALDI continues to show up when Australians are in need and the recent flood events have been no different,” she says.
“ALDI has been a highly-valued and reliable partner to Foodbank over the last 12 years and continues to provide us with much-needed meals and non-food essentials for Australians in need.”
According to ALDI, its food donation effort is not only helping to feed vulnerable people facing hardship. It’s also reducing the business’ impact on the environment, says the retailer, by contributing to its zero waste to landfill by 2025 commitment. This includes a pledge to sending zero food waste to landfill by 2023.