Grocery workers have been at the front lines since demand spiked in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to make sure that shoppers walk into well-stocked, clean stores, industry titans like Ahold Delhaize, Wakefern Food Corp, and Wegmans have rolled out major hiring programs for the foreseeable future.
Most recently, Ahold Delhaize announced that it hoped to bring on more than 20,000 associates. The retailer also revealed plans for a $10 million aid package to help local communities.
“Serving our brands’ associates and communities is one of our greatest calls to action at Ahold Delhaize USA, and we take to heart our responsibility during this time of need,” said Kevin Holt, Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize USA. “We’re inspired by the selfless dedication of medical professionals and first responders, the acts of kindness and compassion across the globe, and the commitment from our own team to serve and feed their families, friends, and neighbors.”
Wakefern Food Corp also announced recently that it is aiming for a massive hiring push across several of its cooperative members to fill a variety of jobs at both store locations and warehouses.
“We recognize the pivotal role our supermarkets are playing by providing the essentials people need to take care of themselves and their families. For nearly 75 years, Wakefern has never wavered from our commitment to serve the neighborhoods where our stores operate, and we’re looking for motivated team members who share those same values,” stated Wakefern Chairman and CEO Joe Colalillo.
Wegmans will also be adding more to its grocery fleet, revealing that it hopes to hire more than 500 part- and full-time jobs in New Jersey and another 400 part- and full-time jobs in Massachusetts.
“In addition to supporting our local food banks, we’re fortunate to be in a position to offer employment to those that are unexpectedly out of work,” stated Joe Sofia, New Jersey Division Manager, Wegmans, in a recent statement. “If you see yourself as fit for Wegmans, whether it’s temporarily or long-term, we want you on the team.”
In addition to a large string of hires, both Wegmans and Wakefern have announced pay bumps to boost worker morale. Through the rest of April, Wegmans' part- and full-time associates will receive an extra $2 per hour. Starting March 22, Wakefern initiated a $2-per-hour wage premium.
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