GroceryAid is a UK charity providing a range of support for colleagues working in the food and drink industry in processing, manufacturing, supermarkets, independents, wholesaling, distribution, sales and all support functions. This includes financial and emotional support, relationship counselling, legal advice, health and wellbeing.
GroceryAid has been especially active during the COVID pandemic. Last year, the charity experienced a 61% increase in instances of welfare support for colleagues. This included a 98% increase in the number of Relate counselling sessions and a 150% rise in monthly applications for financial support. Many of the leading food and drink companies who attend the City Food & Drink Lecture also support the work of GroceryAid.
There has often been a strong link between GroceryAid and the City Food & Drink Lecture. The past President, Charles Wilson, was our Keynote Speaker in 2014 and many of the senior staff of Grocery Aid have attended as our guests, since then, not least Steve Barnes, the current Chief Executive. As from January 2022, Allan Leighton, the Chairman of the Co-operative Group, BrewDog and Pizza Express has been appointed as President of GroceryAid.
More details about the work of Grocery Aid can be found here:
We are delighted at the City Food & Drink Lecture to be associated with GroceryAid as an organisation, which shares so many of our values.