Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has announced plans to hire approximately 20,000 additional workers over the next several weeks to help provide fresh food and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Kroger’s Central Division, primarily serving Indiana and Illinois, each store would need an additional 35 associates. Recruiters have already hired nearly 300 workers over the last few days, with hundreds more applicants to join the company this week.
“Kroger’s top priority continues to be uplifting our associates and serving our communities, whether that’s by ensuring customers always can find food and products on our shelves or by providing a nearly immediate job opportunity to help an unemployed person begin working again,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s senior vice president and chief people officer. “During this time of uncertainty, Kroger is committed to remaining a constant. We have a responsibility to our associates, customers and communities, and we will continue to be here…for any need.”
The company sped up the process of hiring new associates two weeks ago to more quickly get people to work, on average about 72 hours from application to employment. Other job seekers can apply online here.