Celebrating Our Supermarket Heroes Together: February 22, 2021!
January 21, 2021 |
IOWA GROCERY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION HONORS FRONTLINE HEROES
Celebrates Supermarket Employee Day – February 22, 2021
On February 22, Iowa Grocery Industry Association is going to join supermarkets and food manufacturers nationwide in celebrating the first-ever Supermarket Employee Day. FMI—The Food Industry Association, has proclaimed this new holiday to recognize employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives.
With more than 40,000 individual stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone, supermarkets are the backbones of our communities. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and thrive.
“Our employees have been helping the whole community to stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says IGIA President Michelle Hurd. “When COVID-19 forced people to home shelter, we stayed open. And we have continued to adapt and serve our communities every day. There is no question that supermarket employees are heroes. We are thrilled to honor and celebrate them!”
Despite supply chain disruptions or workforce reductions, supermarket employees have demonstrated unflagging efforts to keep communities going. Supermarket employees have personified compassion and courage when communities have most needed to be encouraged.
“Supermarket employees have earned our gratitude and respect, which is why we are creating a holiday to celebrate them,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI—The Food Industry Association. “The fact is they always have been frontline heroes during periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters or global pandemics, these brave and dedicated individuals keep communities strong and moving forward.”
The Iowa Grocery Industry Association invites all its members to celebrate throughout the months of January and February leading up to the big day, February 22, when we will recognize our local supermarket heroes. Check out the free toolkit found on the FMI website for messaging, logos and turnkey resources to help celebrate your supermarket employees. And, don't forget to honor your favorite heroes on social media using the hashtags, #SupermarketEmployeeDay and #SupermarketHeroes.