Various viral posts have been making the rounds on social media claiming that Aldi is giving away leftover food for free to homeless people starting at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
One example of such a claim looks like this:
“Christmas eve, at 4 pm Aldi will be giving away their leftover food to the homeless. please share”
So is it true?
Here’s the answer:
- If you live in the United States, the answer is NO. Aldi stores in the United States are not giving away food to anyone who shows up on Christmas Eve.
- If you live in the United Kingdom, the answer is NOT EXACTLY. While some Aldi stores in the United Kingdom gave away food to charitable organizations in 2017 and are doing so again in 2018, they’re not giving food away to individual people.
The big problem here is that the original message fails to share specific details such as store locations or countries. Because of that, many people in the United States and in Ireland who saw it incorrectly believed their Aldi stores were offering food in their own countries. Aldi, however, is not giving away food on Christmas Eve in the United States or Ireland.
The website ThatsNonsense.com states the original viral message, which started spreading just before Christmas in 2017, was about Aldi UK. That does not mean that people in the United Kingdom can simply show up at Aldi stores and receive food on Christmas Eve, though. You must represent a charitable organization, and you must have signed up before a November 18th deadline. Ironically, that deadline passed before the rumors went viral online this year.
A news station in Washington, D.C., contacted an Aldi spokesperson who confirmed that U.S. stores are not handing out leftover food to the homeless. Read more at this link. The Aldi spokesperson did state that Aldi gives back to the community by partnering with Feeding America.
A spokesperson from Aldi Ireland also confirmed that the giveaway only applied to stores in the U.K.
As always, we recommend doing some fact checking or Googling before passing along a viral message. Even if you think the person who shared the viral post is trustworthy (like your Great-Aunt Edith), you can’t be sure that person did his or her own fact checking before passing it on. If you are not sure whether a viral story about Aldi is legitimate, you can contact Aldi U.S. to ask them any questions at this link.