GroceryAid and The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) have worked together to extend the charity’s financial and welfare support to individuals who work for the association’s foodservice members.
This extends the service beyond the charity’s normal remit, in which it offers help to retail wholesalers in the form of access to emotional and practical support through a helpline and GroceryAid website.
To be eligible for consideration for financial support individuals should be able to show a minimum of one years’ service in foodservice wholesale – either currently employed or recently unemployed due to Covid-19 impact. It does not need to be with one employer.
FWD’s director of communications David Visick said: “GroceryAid provides advice, support and financial assistance to everyone working in the grocery sector, including wholesalers. This year, due to the challenges currently being faced by the hospitality sector, they have very kindly offered to extend their financial and welfare assistance to foodservice wholesale colleagues within FWD who may need support as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.”
JW Filshill managing director Simon Hannah added that everyone in the foodservice sector should be aware of the need to offer support to their teams, particularly at this time of year. “One of the things that’s been really apparent to our business during this period is that
mental wellness is so important and any business which is ignoring that is doing so at their peril.”
“There’s no question that everyone’s going to need some help in this area, some more than others. Anyone who’s not thinking about the mental wellbeing of their colleagues and customers really should be – it’s absolutely key to creating a stable platform for individuals, for families, and for businesses
GroceryAid’s support for wholesalers can be accessed here https://www.groceryaid.org.uk/get-help/financial-assistance/