Aldi has become the latest retailer to offer online shopping vouchers for vulnerable customers self-isolating to give to volunteers.
The grocer has launched a new website, vouchers.aldi.co.uk, where customers unable to make it to shops themselves can purchase shopping vouchers.
These vouchers, which can be purchased in denominations of £5, can then be posted to volunteers anywhere in the UK free of charged.
Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and Marks & Spencer have also launched similar services, but Aldi is the only to offer free physical postage of the vouchers instead of just email.
Aldi, which has historically had no or very limited online operations, has launched gradually been introducing more online initiatives during lockdown.
Earlier this month, it began selling ambient food parcels on its website from to help vulnerable people and those self-isolating.
The parcels will be for home delivery and contain 22 products including tinned soup, rice and pasta, antibacterial handwash and a four-pack of toilet roll.
The parcels are available via www.aldi.co.uk/food-parcels and will retail at £24.99 including delivery, but will be limited to one per customer.
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“This is an incredibly difficult time for certain people in our communities and, as has always been our mission, we want to ensure everyone has safe, easy and affordable access to quality food,” Aldi’s managing director of corporate responsibility Fritz Walleczek said.
“We all owe huge thanks to the volunteers, friends and family members that are making sure vulnerable people across the UK can get groceries while they self-isolate. I’m hopeful that our voucher scheme will make it a little bit easier for them to continue this vital work.”