CAMDEN - Supermarket employees have always been frontline heroes during all periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters, and now even global pandemics, supermarket employees keep communities nourished and supplied.

That is why the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) is joining the Food Marketing Institute to celebrate Supermarket Employee Day on February 22. Supermarket Employee Day is a time for the food industry and customer to recognize and thank employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives.

With the onset of the spread of COVID-19 and residents were forced to shelter in place, millions of supermarket employees came to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services to help them survive and thrive. Quite simply, supermarket employees have earned the gratitude of NJ residents and government leaders—which is why food industry partners are creating a holiday to celebrate them.

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“Every day of every year, New Jersey’s supermarket employees work to enhance the health and well-being of each customer. They are the unsung hero of the community and deserve our appreciation” said Linda Doherty, NJFC president & CEO.

“This is our special day to demonstrate our gratitude for the supermarket team members, from the cashier to the baker to the butcher, shelf stocker to the cart attendant, who have made such a huge difference in our lives not just in New Jersey but across the country over these many difficult months,” Doherty said.

Join the celebration on FMI’s website here. FMI and NJFC encourage all to get social and share messages of gratitude with hashtags such as #SupermarketEmployeeDay and #SupermarketHeroes.