SURPLUS food from a popular national supermarket will be made available at a discounted price to residents in need.

Aldi will be donating food items to Community Shop Halton, the store chain has announced.

The retailer has extended its partnership with Company Shop Group, which is the UK’s leading distributer of surplus food and household products.

The food will be sold at a discounted price in Halton to help those in need.

Liz Fox, corporate responsibility director at Aldi UK, said: “Reducing food waste is incredibly important to us.

“We know that by rolling this scheme out nationally, it will make a huge difference to communities in Halton.

“The work that Community Shop does is vital to so many people, and sadly the demand it is seeing for surplus food is currently higher than ever.

“By extending our partnership with them, we can make a positive difference together.”

Since first collaborating in 2015, Company Shop Group has helped prevent more than 14,700 tonnes of Aldi’s food going to waste, with this new agreement estimated to prevent 2,860 tonnes of food waste each year.

Gary Stott, executive chairman at Community Shop, added: “We have worked with Aldi for a long time now and are incredibly excited to be able to extend our partnership with them.

“The surplus stock that we redistribute through Community Shop is a lifeline for so many people, and by rolling out the partnership to Halton, we can deliver positive impacts for people and communities on a much greater scale.”

With the ongoing cost of living crisis, this scheme will hopefully provide some much-needed relief for those in need.