GroceryAid offers foodservice wholesale support

Employees of foodservice wholesalers impacted by the Covid-19 crisis will now be able to receive free, confidential support after GroceryAid extended its service to FWD’s foodservice members.

That means staff from foodservice wholesalers can now access advice, support and financial assistance – a service that had only previously been available to wholesalers serving the grocery industry.

But after FWD approached GroceryAid in light of the difficulties foodservice wholesalers are facing as the coronavirus pandemic decimated much of the revenue going into those businesses.

A fund has been ring fenced to assist foodservice wholesale colleagues and can be applied for on the GroceryAid website.

“FWD contacted GroceryAid when it became apparent that colleagues in specialist foodservice wholesale businesses did not have an occupational charity to contact for support,” said GroceryAid CEO, Steve Barnes.

“GroceryAid was happy to step in to help and, having obtained trustee approval, has set up a ring-fenced fund to provide financial support for colleagues in crisis. It was the right thing to do for our wider industry colleagues and so GroceryAid did it.

“Furthermore, colleagues and their dependents will be able to access the GroceryAid Helpline for emotional and practical support 24/7, 365 days a year which is a very important service in such uncertain times.”

To be eligible for consideration, individuals applying should be able to show they’ve worked for a minimum of two years in foodservice wholesaler – either currently employed or recent unemployed as a result of Covid-19 – and can provide evidence of financial hardship.

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