KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Grocery stores and grocery distributors are hiring new employees right now.
Those employers hope to hire people who lost their jobs due to decline in business around the Kansas City area as governments impose new regulations to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
David Smith, the CEO and president of Associated Wholesale Grocers headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas, says his group is looking to hire truck drivers and warehouse workers.
Truck drivers need to have a CDL and experience driving. Warehouse positions are entry level. Across the country, Smith said AWG hopes to hire roughly 1,000 new employees.
Smith said he’s thankful to be in a position to hire.
"It's just really a fulfilling thing. We hated for our brethren in the restaurant business and other businesses impacted, but we have a duty to keep the nation fed and we take that very seriously," he said.
AWG takes food from growers and manufacturers and then distributes it to grocery stores.
Cosentino’s grocery stores are also hiring. The company owns stores around Kansas City under several different brands including Price Chopper, Cosentino’s, Apple Market, and Sun Fresh.
In a statement, the company said it is specifically looking to hire people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus.
“We have openings for positions ranging from sackers and stockers to cooks and cake decorators, and we are hiring for all of our 30 stores,” the company wrote.