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Portarlington community group awarded grant from supermarket

The Portarlington After Schools Project is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s 2018 Community Grants programme.

Aldi’s Portarlington store staff have awarded the charity a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services.

Now in its third year, hundreds of charities have been supported by the programme to date with over €200,000 donated by Aldi.

Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland, said: “We are delighted our Portarlington store employees have chosen to support the Portarlington After Schools Project’s work in providing affordable after school childcare to local families.”

“Supporting the local communities our stores serve is something that we truly believe in.

“Through our Community Grants programme and partnerships with both FoodCloud and youth organisation Foróige, we have been able to directly help many of the worthwhile charities and organisations making a huge difference to County Laois.”

Operating two stores in County Laois, Aldi is deeply involved in the local community.

Through its partnership with FoodCloud, its County Laois stores have donated over 18,000 meals to local charities to date, while as Foroige’s lead sponsor since 2015 it has helped support initiatives including the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards and the Aldi Foróige Junior Baking Competition.

Aldi’s Community Grants Programme provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support.

Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criteria, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi.

Each of Aldi’s 133 Irish stores and two Regional Distribution Centres have been allocated an individual annual bursary fund and a “Charity Champion” assigned to co-ordinate the programme.

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