Ahead of Pancake Day, Aldi has donated a selection of pancake making kits to Hornchurch community group Icanyoucantoo.
The kits, which have been shared with charities and foodbanks across the UK, provide families with all the ingredients they need to take to the kitchen this Pancake Day.
The donation is part of the supermarket’s partnership with community giving platform Neighbourly, which sees Aldi donate surplus food from stores to help support its local communities.
Icanyoucantoo, on Glebe Way in Hornchurch, is a grassroots mentoring and coaching programme that has been running since 2016 and is aimed at young people from non-privileged backgrounds. They focus on providing young people with regular mentoring sessions and practical skills classes for further education and work.
Nilesh B. Dosa from icanyoucantoo said: “Many of the families we work with live in low-income households, so do not often get to have a treat. Sharing these pancake kits with our young people will be amazing. Things like this can really make a big difference.”
Mary Dunn, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “We hope our pancake kits help spread a bit of joy to families, providing them with the ingredients to cook up some tasty creations in the kitchen.”
Steve Butterworth, from Neighbourly, added: “We believe every child should get to enjoy the fun and deliciousness of Pancake Day, no matter what their situation. Aldi’s additional donations will go a long way to putting a smile on children’s faces this Pancake Day.”
Aldi’s partnership with Neighbourly donates 650,000 meals a month to charities throughout the UK. Donations to support children and families are increased during school holidays as part of the supermarket’s Community Cupboard programme.
A record-breaking one million meals were redistributed over the recent Christmas holidays, with approximately 800,000 meals going to community groups supporting children.