The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, welcomes President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris upon their inauguration this week and looks forward to working with their administration on initiatives important to independent grocers and the communities they serve.
Greg Ferrara, NGA’s president and CEO, outlined the legislative priorities of association members in a letter to Biden and Harris.
“NGA and its members, many of them family owners with multiple generations invested in serving and supporting local communities, are committed to working with you and your administration as we strive to grow local economies across the country grappling with one of the greatest challenges in a generation,” Ferrara said. “From supermarkets to distribution centers, grocery workers have toiled on the front lines during this pandemic, dedicated to feeding our nation.”
NGA priorities outlined in the letter include employee tax relief, liability protection, assistance with accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for online purchases, credit card fees, the minimum wage and enforcement of antitrust laws.
“NGA stands ready to work with your administration to serve the American people throughout the pandemic and beyond,” Ferrara concluded.
Complete text of the letter can be found here.
NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit the website nationalgrocers.org.