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Support our communities

 

Supporting the communities in which we operate both locally and nationally is in the DNA of our business and a powerful way to engage our colleagues behind a shared and meaningful purpose.

We do this in three key ways:
 

1. Supporting a corporate charity partner:

Our new corporate charity partner for 2020-2022 is Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for children’s palliative care.

Together For Short Lives LogoAiming to raise £200,000 over a two year partnership, we’ve twinned each of our sites with a local hospice to help provide much needed funds to ensure families in our communities are supported and have access to the very best care that is available.

David Wilkinson, HR & Communications Director for Premier Foods says:
“Family time is precious and at Premier Foods we believe in bringing families together at mealtimes to make moments to treasure. No one knows more about the importance of family 'together time' than Together for Short Lives. We'll be engaging colleagues across our whole business behind the partnership, supported by our network of Charity Champions who are responsible for vital fundraising and awareness initiatives. "

Andy Fletcher, Together for Short Lives CEO says:
“We could not be more grateful to Premier Foods for choosing us as their charity partners for the next two years. It’s wonderful news for us to share at this difficult time. Children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and their families, need the support of their local children’s hospice now more than ever; so I’m thrilled that Premier Foods will help us make sure these families get the vital care and support they need today, tomorrow and into the future.”

 

2. Supporting our industry charity:

GroceryAid-Gold-Sponsor-logo.pngGroceryAid is an industry charity set up to make life better for grocery people in need. Our ongoing support of their important work has seen us stage fundraising events and work to drive awareness and understanding of GroceryAid through our network of Charity Champions. In recognition of our support, in 2019 we’ve been awarded Gold level supporter status, up from Bronze!



3. Supporting community projects local to our sites:

Supporting local causes enables our colleagues to make a visible difference within their local community, and they embrace the opportunity to do so!

Local community projects our colleagues have chosen to support over the last year include St John's Hospice, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Clatterbridge Cancer Unit, Age Concern St Albans, Kingfisher Dementia Club, Riding for the Disabled Duchy Group and Okehampton Foodbank.
 

 

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Partnering with GroceryAid

Achieving Gold Supporter status

Since 2018, our partnership with GroceryAid has seen us actively support their three critical pillars – awareness, fundraising and volunteering. For this, we are proud to have been awarded Gold Status Supporter for two years in a row, first in 2019 and again in 2020.

Critical to this ongoing success is our representation on both GroceryAid’s President and Southern Network Committees, as well as our dedicated network of Charity Champions who work across our business and through whom we are able to engage our wider colleague population to support fundraising activities and spread the word of the charity’s purpose, projects and support services. For instance, over the last twelve months, as well as celebrating GroceryAid Awareness Day and supporting several internal communication campaigns designed to raise awareness, our Charity Champions also helped us coordinate a suite of fundraising activities from quizzes, raffles and spin classes.

In addition, as a business we support GroceryAid’s own calendar of fundraising events through paid participation and through our colleagues volunteering their time. In 2019 this included their touch Rugby tournament, Barcode Festival and annual carol concert.

We remain passionate about supporting the important work of our industry charity partner GroceryAid.

 
“Premier Foods has been fantastic and really embraced our new awards scheme. Contributing across all three pillars of awareness, fundraising and volunteering, they have doubled their support. We can’t praise this effort highly enough.”
(Steve Barnes - GroceryAid Chief Executive)