Aldi will be donating more than one million meals to people in need during the summer school holiday period.

The supermarket’s stores are teaming up with local charities, community groups and foodbanks to donate surplus food, with more than 700,000 meals going to causes that support children.

The donation is part of Aldi’s commitment to donate 10 million meals across the country in 2021 as it works in partnership with community giving platform Neighbourly. The platform collects surplus food and perishable products such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods from stores up to seven days a week.

Mary Dunn, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “We’re proud to be supporting so many incredible causes up and down the country, helping them to donate meals to those in need this summer.

“The school holidays can be a hard time for families, particularly when many are experiencing heightened financial hardship due to the pandemic, and this is why we are committed to doing what we can to donate more meals than ever before.”