In today’s unprecedented times, we are aware that the new normal changes every day, including recent news reports that the food supply chain is at risk. Let me reassure you, our supply chain is running smoothly, allowing us to meet consumer demands. This is because we’ve made our employees’ health and safety our highest priority. As communities begin to open across the U.S., we’ve been adjusting our protocols to ensure that our essential employees remain our top priority.
These actions include doing everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. At our facilities, we are screening everyone who enters our site for elevated fever and providing employees with company-paid testing as needed; separated employees at our facilities into work groups of 20 or less to limit interaction while at work; require social distancing throughout the facilities; require face masks for everyone in or at our sites at all times; and increased our disinfection and sanitation practices. In addition, to assist our team, we have added a supplemental COVID-19 specific sick policy; mandated a work from home policy for all non-essential employees as well as a Stay-at-Home policy for those essential employees showing signs of illness; and initiated an essential pay supplemental bonus for essential employees in production and agriculture.
As we face this global crisis – and it continues to hit even closer to home – I want to reassure our employees, consumers, customers and communities that we are working together to protect our team and to ensure we can continue our essential mission of bringing food to the American table.
Stay well, thank you for your loyalty and together we will see this through.
Chief Executive Officer