GroceryAid to provide £1m of support to school children

By Gwen Ridler

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Children of grocery industry colleagues will soon benefit from a £1m fund from GroceryAid, Image: Getty, SolStock
Children of grocery industry colleagues will soon benefit from a £1m fund from GroceryAid, Image: Getty, SolStock

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Grocery industry charity GroceryAid has committed £1m of support for school-aged children, set to benefit 6,600 kids this year.

Now in its fourth year, the School Essentials Grant provides a £150 non-repayable grant for children of people in the grocery industry of school age, up to a maximum of three children per eligible household.

Mandi Leonard, welfare director at GroceryAid said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer more children than ever before the chance to start school with the essential items they need to have the best start to the school year.

Fair application process

“After listening to valuable feedback from our supporters, we are leaving applications open for three days to enable more people to apply. We want to ensure the application process is fair for shift workers and those who may not have access to a computer/phone during working hours. We will notify colleagues about the outcome of their application within six weeks.”

Grocery colleagues will be able to apply for the School Essentials Grant on the GroceryAid website from 09:00am on Tuesday 18 June 2024, with an extended application window of three days and a closing date of 17:00 on Thursday 20 June.

Successful applicants will be randomly generated from those who meet the criteria and have provided all the information requested.

Securing funding

This latest round of support from GroceryAid has been made possible after the charity secured funding from The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust. The charity expects 6,600 children will benefit from this year’s fund, up 11% from last year.

Sir Dave Lewis, adviser to the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust said: “The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust is delighted to support GroceryAid's Schools Essential Grant, providing much-needed assistance to grocery workers and their families during the expensive back-to-school period.”

Full details about the 2024 School Essentials Grant and eligibility criteria can be found on the GroceryAid website.

Meanwhile, dairy co-operative Arla Foods has donated the equivalent of 10 million meals to charity​ through its partnership with FareShare.

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