LIDL is rolling out food donation boxes in stores across Scotland to support vulnerable families and community groups.

The initiative comes as an extension of the discount chain’s Feed in Back – run with charity partner Neighbourly – as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

The boxes will be available in store for customers who want to donate any food or groceries to the cause. Donations will be distributed to organisations across Neighbourly’s network of community partners, including food banks, community centres and soup kitchens.

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Lidl GB CEO Christian Härtnagel said: “The current situation continues to be very challenging for everyone and that’s why we’re extending our Feed it Back scheme with Neighbourly in our stores to offer our customers the chance to help make a difference too, if they feel they are able to. In these trying times, it’s vitally important that we look to help those in our communities most need of support.”

The roll-out comes after the supermarket announced it would donate £100,000 to its Neighbourly partnership as part of the Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund.

Steve Butterworth, CEO at Neighbourly, added: “Our network of charities and community causes are working round the clock at this time to support isolated and vulnerable members of the community with food and basic essentials. Anything customers can donate will make a huge difference to someone in their community.”