The charity was founded in 1857 and has been trading under the GroceryAid name since October 2012.
Over the years, the charity has been a very successfully run welfare fund, supported by the leading companies in the food and drink industry. During this time the National Grocers Benevolent Fund (NGBF) has worked with other benevolent societies to share best practice.
This led to the charity being strengthened over the years by the addition of numerous other charities from the London Grocers & Tea Dealers Federation to the Grocers Federation Benevolent Fund, the Grocers Employees National Benevolent Fund and most recently with the merger with the charity for the confectionery trade, Sweet Charity, in 2012.
This sharing of best practice and collaborative working continues.
Today, thousands of grocery people turn to GroceryAid for financial support and practical assistance. Whether a small independent retailer or supermarket employee, a production line worker, wholesaler or a delivery driver, GroceryAid can offer wide-ranging support.
From regular monetary support, a crisis grant, to a new cooker or respite care we strive to make life better for grocery people in need. Our confidential Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This comprehensive service offers guidance from professional advisers and a wide range of online services. It focuses on personal problems, financial guidance, legal support, workload, health and well being, stress and depression.