As the United States attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19, businesses around the country have shut their doors not knowing when they might open next. Nearly 1 in 5 households has already experienced a layoff or a reduction in work hours, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
There are, however, a few industries that need more help now than ever, such as supermarkets.
The southeastern supermarket chain Publix announced it is looking to hire thousands of employees across their stores by the end of March.
Positions available include customer service roles in their stores as well positions at their distribution centers.
“We take pride in serving our communities during times of need, and with the unprecedented demand we are experiencing, we’re in need of more associates to help across our operating area,” Publix Vice President of Human Resources Marcy Benton said in a press release. “We’re looking for people who have a desire to serve, are passionate about the food industry, are willing to work hard and ready to build a career at Publix.”
Publix has 1,243 stores across seven states and currently employs more than 200,000 people, according to the press release.
In response to concerns about the new coronavirus, Publix adjusted their stores hours to allow more time for sanitization and stocking. The company also announced reserved shopping hours for people 65 years of age and up to limit exposure for vulnerable populations as much as possible.
Those interested in a job are encouraged to fill out an application for their local Publix store online.