GroceryAid is the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (NGBF). The charity has been running for 162 years. it provides help to people in need who have worked or are working in the grocery trade. People can self-refer.  I have put a link below to their website.

Crisis grants

GroceryAid can support you with a short-term financial crisis. You can apply for a crisis grant if you experience an unexpected emergency, a change in circumstances or a sudden gap in income. their non-repayable grant can cover a variety of emergencies.

Welfare grants

If you have at least ten years’ service and feel you require support over a longer period of time, they may visit to consider how they can best help. 

To be eligible for financial help you need to:

  • Currently be working in the UK grocery industry and have been for at least two years or have worked in the industry previously for at least five years
  • Meet the financial criteria

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They can offer support to people who are have long-term problems, such as caring for a sick relative or following early retirement due to health issues.

Each grant application is assessed on its own merit and help offered will depend on individual circumstances.

Applications can be made on-line.  Proof of employment in the grocery trade is required but if someone doesn’t have pay slips they can give permission for GroceryAid to contact HMRC for verification.