ALDI stores across the west of Scotland have teamed up to donate surplus food directly to 16 local charity’s in a bid to help prevent hunger across the region.

Each store is donating perishable items such as fresh fruit and veg, long life items and baked goods to a chosen charity of their choice following on from a successful trial between the supermarket and community engagement platform, Neighbourly.

The Irvine Aldi’s chosen charity is Potters House Church while the Saltcoats store is donating items to Café Solace and the North Ayrshire Foodbank.

Last year the supermarket donated two million meals to charity and expects to increase this by 50 per cent now the trial has been extended to its 827 stores across the UK, including its 87 stores in Scotland.