Aldi has launched an online food delivery service for the first time to help vulnerable customers

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Aldi is to sell food online in the UK for the first time, in a bid to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The German discount supermarket said it will start selling food parcels on its website from 17 April.It said the parcels will be delivered to homes, and have been designed to support vulnerable people and those who are self-isolating.

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What is in the food boxes, and how much do they cost?

The parcels will contain 22 'essential' products, including tinned soup, rice, pasta, antibacterial hand wash and toilet roll. However, the exact contents of the box will depend on the availability of items.

Parcels will retail at £24.99 including delivery and will be limited to one per customer, the supermarket said. Aldi asked those ordering to consider that the box is intended for "vulnerable customers and self-isolaters", saying that shoppers should "be considerate of this when ordering".

The boxes will be delivered directly to your door by contactless delivery, meaning there is no face-to-face interaction between shoppers and delivery drivers, thus reducing the risk of viral transmission.

A historic moment

This is the first time Aldi will sell groceries online, having previously only sold homeware and electricals through its website.

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Fritz Walleczek, managing director for corporate responsibility at Aldi, said, “We are committed to providing quick, safe and affordable access to food for all our customers and understand that, for some, visiting one of our stores is not an option at the moment.

“We’re constantly looking for new and better ways to support our customers in these uncertain times and I’m hopeful that these food parcels will make life a little easier for some of the country’s most at-risk people.”

You can find more details about the boxes, and order one, on Aldi's website. Aldi saysit cannot provide specific allergen advice, given that the contents of each box may vary, so you'll have to read individual food labels to check.

Fellow supermarket chains, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer have also launched their own food parcel services.

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