A CHARITY that helps feed the homeless in Swindon is getting free food from discount giant Aldi.

The low-cost chain has launched a new partnership supporting local groups helping vulnerable people.

Alternative Angels, a local charity helping homeless people in Swindon, is part of it.

Co-founder Jane Richards said: “We have been very lucky with the help from Aldi. We are a non-profit community group which relies solely on donations.

“We use the donations to make up meals that can feed the 50-plus people we feed two evenings a week. We have been receiving drinks, crisps, meat and bread.” Donated items include fresh fruit and veg, baked goods and long-life items.

The supermarket launched a trial in January and following its success, it was rolled out across Aldi’s entire store estate. The retailer has more than 830 branches in the UK.

It works with Neighbourly, a social platform that helps charities and community groups find funding, volunteers and donations of surplus food and products.

Managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK and Ireland Fritz Walleczek said:

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

Neighbourly CEO Steve Butterworth said: “We are delighted to be partnering Aldi on this programme.”

Charities in Swindon looking to partner Aldi store should email aldi@neighbourly.com to apply.

Alternative Angels gives out food and drink on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6.30pm in the Wyvern Theatre car park.