Some 70% of foodbanks, charities and community causes are worried about not having enough food to support those in need over the festive period due to rising demand and dwindling stock levels.
According to research by Aldi, in partnership with community giving platform Neighbourly, 92% of 600 foodbanks and charities surveyed expect this Christmas to be their busiest ever.
As a result, food banks expect to see a 40% increase in demand over the next three months, with 77% saying they have already experienced an increase in demand since the summer.
Moreover, the survey revealed 79% of food banks have witnessed a drop in donations in recent months – with the fallout of the pandemic and the rising cost of living continuing to impact contributions.
“Christmas can be a particularly busy time for the local charities and organisations we support, but this year is set to be more challenging than ever,” Aldi UK’s managing director of corporate responsibility Mary Dunn said.
“As part of our Christmas campaign with Kevin the Carrot and Marcus Radishford, we have committed to donate 1.8 million meals to good causes in the lead-up to Christmas – and we know our customers want to help too.
“If you feel you are in a position to help, your donation could make all the difference to food banks this Christmas.”
The research also disclosed a list of items that food banks require over the festive period which include: tinned food, festive treats, toiletries, tea, coffee and biscuits.
Shoppers can donate food to local charities, food banks and community groups via the community donation points in Aldi stores nationwide.