• Atlanta Northcutt

Frontline Heroes- Grocery Store Workers

Updated: May 12

By: Atlanta Northcutt --- Reporter for the Southern Standard

Heroes don’t always wear capes or badges. Some wear gloves and masks while scanning groceries and typing items into the cash registers.

These individuals are on the front lines as they put their lives at risk by simply going into work each morning to provide the necessities needed by their community.

Donna Griffith has been an employee at Tietgens’ Superama Foods grocery store for over three years.

“All of our staff members are definitely using gloves, and some of us are wearing masks to not only protect ourselves, but our customers, as well,” says Griffith.

Grocery store workers are making sure to keep individuals and their families safe, while still providing all of the food, supplies and necessary items to customers during these hard times. These employees’ jobs are even more critical as COVID-19 ravages the country.

“All of us are working together to help each other out, and the customers are really trying to help, as well, “ says Griffith. “Many of them are wearing masks and gloves for protection and have been wonderful in helping with the safety of the staff and those who they come in contact with while shopping,”

These heroes working on the front lines to supply the public with important needs are located throughout several of the country’s grocery and convenience store chains, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, Aldi and the magnitude of gas stations located on every corner.

In Warren County, Tietgens’ Superama Foods, United Grocery Outlet and Warehouse Discount Grocery are bringing necessities to families as the companies’ employees stand on the front lines.

“I’m absolutely afraid I could come in contact with this virus and infect myself, but I just do a lot of praying and continue to have a lot of faith,” says Griffith.

These grocery and convenient store workers come in each day, stock groceries, produce and meats, speak with customers, handle cash and other forms of currency and bag groceries, all while doing so with smiles on their faces.

“Everyone is definitely a family here, and we’re all very close, so we’re making sure to take care of and look out for one another,” says Griffith.

These individuals put their lives on the line each and every day in order to bring a sense of normalcy, as well as benefit the community.

“I’m not nervous about coming in,” says longtime patron of Superama, Linda Fults. “I trust this business and the employees working here.”

Special times have been set up to ensure the safety of customers.

At Tietgen’s Superama Foods, the allotted hours for senior citizens aged 60 or over are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.- 8 a.m.

Hours of shopping have been changed to 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, and 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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