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Midwest Food Industry Steps Up During Covid-19 Emergency

Save A Lot Covid-19 pandemic hiring

While demand for food and essentials have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, grocers and distributors such as Save A Lot and KeHE in the Midwest are hiring new employees and rewarding existing employees for stepping up to help their communities during this national crisis. And as food banks are addressing even greater needs across the country, grocers such as Hy-Vee are stepping up to help these nonprofits restock their shelves.


Save A Lot to hire 1,000-plus new employees

In response to unprecedented levels of business and demand, St. Louis, Missouri-based Save A Lot, a discount grocer with stores across the U.S., is planning to hire 1,000-plus employees to immediately fulfill varying job opportunities within retail and distribution centers throughout the country. Recently displaced workers and those who have been temporarily laid off due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic are strongly encouraged to apply.

“Save A Lot is committed to continuing to provide high quality products and great value to our friends, families and communities across the country,” said President and CEO Kenneth McGrath. “Now more than ever, our teams are working around the clock in our distribution centers, stores and offices to keep shelves stocked so that we can serve customers. I am very grateful for the amazing team members we have across the organization and their outstanding commitment to our customers. It takes many hands to feed America, and we need more hands. We know that there are many talented, displaced workers in our communities right now, and we want to bring as many as 1,000 new employees aboard quickly to help with this important work to serve our communities.”

Save A Lot’s hiring initiative spans all distribution centers and many store locations across the country, with a goal of hiring as many as 1,000 new employees as quickly as possible. The company also has streamlined the hiring process, meaning many workers could start the same or next day. To learn more about job opportunities in your area, text RecruitMe to 97211 or click here.

While the impact of the Covid-19 situation changes every day, Save A Lot is committed to maintaining the health and safety of all employees, customers, vendors and supply partners. Following recent news updates and guidance from the CDC, Save A Lot is taking necessary precautions to protect everyone in order to remain a reliable destination for food and supplies.

These updates include:

  • Store Safety and Cleanliness—Save A Lot has increased the frequency of cleaning surfaces throughout stores nationwide to protect the health and well-being of our teams and our customers. 
  • Dedicated Shopping Hours for Elderly, Those Most at Risk—Most Save A Lot locations are dedicating the first hour the store is open each day to serve seniors, customers with disabilities and their caregivers. Check your local store for participation and details. 
  • Reduced Store Hours—With the increased demand in stores, Save A Lot may be adjusting store hours in some locations to allow for time to clean and restock as needed. Check with your local store for details. 
  • Item Limits—Save A Lot has placed temporary limits on some items. More information will be available at the point of purchase at your local store. 

For further Save A Lot updates as it pertains to Covid-19, visit here

Founded in 1977, Save A Lot is one of the largest discount grocery store chains in the U.S. with 1,100 corporate and licensed stores in 33 states and 14 wholesale distribution centers.


Hy-Vee sets goal to raise $1M to help local food banks

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Inc. has set a goal to raise $1 million to help local food banks restock their shelves during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.Hy-Vee Covid-19 pandemic

Beginning Monday, March 23, Hy-Vee will launch a campaign to raise money and awareness for food banks across its eight-state region. When customers check out, they will be asked if they would like to donate $1 or more to assist local food banks. For every dollar raised, Hy-Vee will match it dollar for dollar, up to $500,000.

Customers can also make a donation in a pre-set increment during their Hy-Vee Aisles Online purchase. All funds then will be collected at the store level on a weekly basis and provided to local food banks to help replenish their stock every week.

“In today’s uncertain times, we want to keep our local food banks stocked with the essentials that individuals and families need,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “By partnering with our customers, our goal is to raise $1 million for our food bank partners so they can continue their operations throughout this crisis.”

The company’s match will come from Hy-Vee’s One Step program, which is funded by proceeds from the sales of select Hy-Vee products to assist those in need.

Donations at the checkout will be accepted through April 30.

Each Hy-Vee location has selected a local food bank that will receive the monetary donations, as many stores already have relationships with local agencies that are committed to meeting the needs of residents facing food insecurity in their areas.

Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 265 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually.


KeHE announces temporary essential services bonus

 Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE says it will provide a temporary essential services bonus to the company’s front-line employees across all 13 United States and three Canadian North American distribution centers.

KeHe Covid-19The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated food supply as a critical infrastructure industry during the coronavirus pandemic. Grocery stores, supermarkets and food distributors have been identified as essential businesses and should remain open during this time. As part of the food distribution chain, KeHE’s distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada are critical to ensure the delivery of food to the public.

“KeHE’s warehouse associates and professional truck drivers are working tirelessly to distribute food to our customers (grocery stores) across the country. At a time of a shopping surge, our employees are working overtime to keep shelves stocked across the nation,” stated Brandon Barnholt, CEO and President at KeHE. “Our professional truck drivers and warehouse employees work hard to support our partners; in turn, we want to ensure the company is fulfilling the employees’ needs and providing reassurance during these uncertain times.”

“Our retail partners have provided numerous notes and videos of gratitude during this crisis. Our warehouse and transportation professionals fully recognize their essential roles in feeding our communities, our neighbors and our families. We are blessed and thankful to have teammates step up and are offering this weekly bonus to provide some level of assistance,” said Gene Carter, chief operating officer at KeHE.

All full-time professional truck drivers and hourly warehouse employees that work a minimum of 40 hours per week will receive a Temporary Essential Services Bonus that will be retroactive to Sunday, March 15, and continue through Saturday, May 2nd. The Temporary Essential Services Bonus also applies to all full-time new hires.

KeHE believes that the safety of every employee is a priority. The company is ensuring employees reduce the risk of Covid-19 by adhering to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The company is currently hiring. To apply, visit KeHE’s Careers page here.

With its nationwide distribution network, KeHE provides natural and organic, specialty and fresh products to chain and independent grocery and natural food stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. Tree of Life, a KeHE company, is KeHE’s Canadian subsidiary. KeHE is an employee-owned, B Corporation certified, company with more than 5,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.

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