KeHE says it will provide a temporary essential services bonus to its front-line employees across all 13 United States and three Canadian North American distribution centers.
The US 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 US 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,” said Brandon Barnholt, CEO and President at KeHE. “At a time of a shopping surge, our employees are working overtime to keep shelves stocked across the nation.
“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.”
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 March 15 and continue through May 2. The temporary essential services bonus also applies to all full-time new hires.
“Our retail partners have provided numerous notes and videos of gratitude during this crisis,” said Gene Carter, chief operating officer at KeHE. “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.”
The company is currently hiring. To apply, visit KeHE’s careers page at kehe.com/integrity/careers/.