Grocery stores provide lifeline
By: Atlanta Northcutt -- Reporter for the Southern Standard
Donna Griffith works the register at Super Rama Foods. Grocery stores have remained open and buzzing with activity during stay-at-home restrictions.
(Photo by: Atlanta Northcutt)
Heroes don’t always wear capes or badges. Some wear gloves and masks while scanning groceries and typing items into a cash register.
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 for their community.
Donna Griffith has been an employee at Tietgens Super Rama Foods 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 viral times.
“All of us are working together to help each other out, and the customers are really trying to help too,” 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 the front lines to supply the public with food are located throughout the county’s grocery and convenience store chains, including Warehouse Discount Groceries, Walmart, Kroger, Save-A-Lot, United Grocery Outlet, and gas stations located on every corner.
“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.
“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 Super Rama, Linda Fults. “I trust this business and the employees working here.”