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Ensuring Your Voice Is Heard in Washington!

Author: Greg Ferrara
Greg FerraraApril 28, 2014

A message from... 
Greg Ferrara 
Vice President of Public Affairs 
National Grocers Association

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Today, NGA VP Greg Ferrara shares insights on why it's important for independent retailers to support the annual Day In Washington, being held this year on April 30 and May 1 on Capitol Hill.

With the 2014 mid-term elections approaching, our representatives need to hear directly from you about how the laws they pass directly affect your businesses, the communities you serve, and ultimately, your bottom line. IGA retailers and others in the grocery retail industry have a huge impact on the U.S. economy, and together we need to ensure that a unified voice of America's supermarket industry is heard. That's why NGA, in collaboration with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE), is bringing independent grocers together for a Day in Washington Supermarket Industry Fly-in.

From amending the most problematic provisions of the Affordable Care Act to preventing the FDA from expanding Chain Restaurant Menu Labeling regulations to grocery stores, or extending important pro-growth tax provisions, many issues remain unsolved. Whether or not solutions emerge during a mid-term election year will depend on the political climate and what issues voters identify as important.

Day in Washington provides retailers and wholesalers with an opportunity to engage in policy discussions with top-level lawmakers and their staff. Face-to-face meetings such as these are a great way to educate our elected officials on the important role retailers and wholesalers play as job creators and community leaders, while advocating on key industry issues.

We look forward to a successful Day in Washington Supermarket Industry Fly-in this April 30 and May 1, but those efforts will only get us so far. We need your help to ensure our advocacy efforts continue year round. We encourage you to reach out to your Member of Congress—invite them to tour your store and help them better understand our industry and the important role grocers play in our communities. There are lots of ways to take part in the political process, and the NGA Political Action Center—a one-stop shop for you to get educated and involved—is a great place to start.

By coming together with a unified voice, we can ensure a more prosperous future for the independent grocery industry and our communities. 

Greg Ferrara