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As we’ve written about so many times already COVID-19 has changed almost every aspect of daily life. How people work, study, play, worship, among other things to simply exist. Even the minutia of run regular errands has been altered.
This has required people to get creative in this era of social distancing. We’ve seen people successfully find ways to work from home, study at their dining table and worship from their couch or car. We’ve seen many people extend grace and patience to one another to keep everyone safe, but there’s one group we’d especially like to thank: grocers.
You’re on the front lines every day and we know, like everyone else, you’re struggling.
We’ve seen you have to turn on a dime to accommodate the demands of the masses, combat panic buying and provide everyone with the food and goods they need to get by in the safest way possible.
Often in situations of crisis, the people most often ignored are those in the most need of critical help and safety nets. This group of vulnerable people includes the elderly, immunocompromised and less fortunate like people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as SNAP.
Many stores have found ways to accommodate the needs of these individuals safely.
Many of these grocery stores, including Dillons, have offered special hours for the most vulnerable to shop and extended use of the SNAP benefits to include curbside pickup.
We support that and commend grocers for their efforts to keep customers safe. In doing this, you have shown others that those most vulnerable in society matter, have value and deserve to be treated with equity. This is the true mark of character in times like these.
For those unfamiliar with SNAP, it provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Often curbside pickup programs come at an additional charge. By offering this to SNAP beneficiaries, grocers are keeping a at-risk population safer. We can’t say enough how wonderful this is.
We suspect making these decisions might have been hard because of unforeseen logistics of implementation, especially in more rural settings, but we applaud your efforts. Please know that you are doing the right thing even if it may seem like an inconvenience. Often doing the right thing isn’t convenient.
Thank you so much for not overlooking those who are often overlooked.