ALDI will support the Isle of Wight Pop Up Soup Kitchen by donating unsold food.

Surplus food including fruit and vegetables, long-life items and baked goods from the supermarket's Cowes and Lake stores will be given to the charity, which provides food to homeless people on the Isle of Wight.

The move follows a successful trial launched in January between stores and local charities, through the community platform Neighbourly, across the country.

Last year the supermarket donated two million meals to charity. It expects to increase that number by 50 per cent now the scheme has been extended to more than 830 stores.

Aldi's managing director of corporate responsibility, Fritz Walleczek, said: “We’re always looking for new and creative ways to increase the amount of food we are able to donate.

"This partnership is enabling us to distribute even more surplus stock while supporting a vast range of good causes.

"Our aim is for fresh, healthy food to be accessible for everyone."

Any Isle of Wight charities interested in partnering with an Aldi store can email aldi@neighbourly.com to apply

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