Industry charity GroceryAid has launched a Covid-19 Fund to provide support for grocery colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity has raised £1.5m for the fund to ensure support will reach people throughout the grocery channel who need it.

“Amid the huge challenge of Covid-19, our trade has done a great job of keeping the nation fed. GroceryAid has raised a special Covid-19 fund to help our industry colleagues at this time of need,” said Charles Wilson, GroceryAid president.

“The 24/7 Helpline will deal with concerns and assist with financial stress caused by this terrible virus.”

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Stev Barnes, CEO at GroceryAid added: “Our industry has been tested like never before and colleagues have risen to the challenge. We are proud that this fund enables us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who now need help as a direct consequence of Covid-19.”

The launch of the fund follows a Covid-19 Hardship Fund launched by the NFRN at the start of April. The federation is raising money to specifically assist independent retailers who are struggling during the pandemic.

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