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School Essentials Grant Launched for Colleagues in Need

PUBLISHED: 1 Jul 2020

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The School Essentials Grant launched today by GroceryAid aims to reduce the financial impact on parents working in our industry when children go back to school in September.

In a recent survey by The Children’s Society, it was reported that increased school uniform costs are leaving many low-income families struggling to cope and forced to cut back on food and other essential items. The report also highlights the impact on children wearing the wrong uniform that includes pupils being bullied, feeling left out, or even excluded from school.

To help, GroceryAid has launched a School Essentials Grant to help families purchase the school necessities required for the start of the new school term. The grant is £150 per school-aged child* if the applicant can evidence that they are in receipt of Child Benefit and meet the eligibility criteria. The grant will close on the 30th September or when the fund has been used, whichever comes first.

“GroceryAid’s School Essentials Grant will help to alleviate some of the financial strain on low-income families at the start of the new school year, particularly in these unprecedented times. On average families spend around £337 on secondary school uniforms each year with primary school parents paying as much as £315 a year per child.”

Mandi Leonard, GroceryAid Welfare Director

GroceryAid has been at the heart of the food and drink industry, providing emotional, practical, and financial support since 1857 for grocery colleagues.

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💻Visit our website to use our Live chat or to find out more: https://www.groceryaid.org.uk/get-help/

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