A SUPERMARKET chain has donated more than 16,000 meals to people in need in Sussex.

Aldi has donated a total of 16,017 meals over the summer school holidays.

The supermarket paired up its stores with local charities, community groups and foodbanks to donate surplus food - with the majority of meals going to causes supporting families and children.

The donation scheme is part of Aldi’s commitment to donate 10 million meals across the country in 2021, in partnership with community giving platform Neighbourly.

So far this year, Aldi stores across the UK have donated over six million meals to good causes.

Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, said: “The summer school holidays are always one of the busiest times for the nation’s charities and food banks, but this year things were even busier.

“Aldi’s donations have never been more of a vital support to these organisations.”

Aldi UK corporate responsibility managing director Mary Dunn said: “We were proud to support so many incredible causes in Sussex this summer, helping them to donate meals to those in need.

“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 committed to donating more meals than ever before.”

Aldi stores across the country work with Neighbourly to partner with local charities, who collect surplus food and perishable products, such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods - up to seven days a week.

Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket chain with over 900 stores and more than 36,000 employees.