Communities Across the Country Thank Grocers During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 5, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grocers across the country are experiencing unprecedented demand, encountering shortages and challenges keeping themselves – and their customers – healthy. Grocery associates met this challenge with dedication and resilience, serving their customers on the frontlines.

Over the past several months, NGA has highlighted countless examples of #SuperMarketSuperHeroes, showcasing the very best of our industry. Communities across the country have taken note of the sacrifice grocers have made, coming up with inspirational and creative ways to say thank you. Here are a few examples of how folks are expressing their gratitude.

Hamden Holds Parade to Thank Shoprite Associates

In Hamden, Connecticut, first responders led a social distance parade thanking frontline workers in the area, including ShopRite associates. The employees took a quick break to watch the procession.

Watch the video from NBC Connecticut here:

Resident in Susanville, California Makes Masks for Local IGA Store

The local IGA store needed 75 masks back in April and local resident, Marylin ‘Suzy’ Chapman stepped up to help. With her husband, Suzie supplied the store with masks quickly, ensuring associates in the store were meeting CDC guidelines and staying healthy.

Gulfport Thanks Rouses Market

Residents in Gulfport Mississippi thanked grocers at Rouses Market with a display in front of the store.

Oberlin Residents Participate in Thank You Walk for IGA Associates

In April, residents of Oberlin, Ohio held a social distance walk to show their appreciation to IGA. Dinah Volk came up with the idea for the walk after she participated in an event where the community thanked health care workers.

IGA Owner, Leo Braido, said the following abut the walk:

“I moved here five years ago to make a living and make a difference,” he said. “We work hard every day and I’m blessed to have a great crew and we’re humbled and very thankful.”

Read more from The Chronicle here: