LETTER: Giant asks customers to buy only what they need now

Nicholas Bertram
Giant night manager Heather Stare greets customers, including Harold Redding of Jackson Township, center,  in the Giant at 1255 Carlisle Road during an hour of operation reserved only for customers aged 60 and older Thursday, March 19, 2020. The first hour of the store's day allows seniors to shop in less crowded conditions, providing a more sanitary setting for those susceptible to increased COVID-19 risks. Bill Kalina photo

As the response to the coronavirus impacts communities across the commonwealth, grocery stores have become not just “essential businesses,” but a lifeline for Pennsylvanians to stay healthy and maintain a standard of living while remaining safely at home for weeks at a time.

At The GIANT Co. our role as a cornerstone of local communities has intensified rapidly as we’ve experienced consumer demand unlike anything our generation has seen before.

On behalf of our 28,000 team members across Pennsylvania, we are meeting the challenge head on. We want to continue to reassure our shoppers that they will find food and necessary supplies in our stores. We receive deliveries throughout the day and our team members are working around the clock to restock our shelves and online fulfillment centers — we’ve even added hundreds of temporary jobs to meet demand during this extremely busy time.

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Despite the current challenges, I have never believed more in the grocery industry and in our nation’s food manufacturers and growers than I do today. We are in constant contact with our local and national supplier partners. As essential businesses, they will continue to supply us with necessary food and non-food items.

We now ask our customers to do their part to help us by limiting their purchases to what they truly need right now. By giving everyone access to essential items, you’ll allow everyone to care for themselves and their families.

Our commonwealth is the Keystone State for a reason, because America has always taken her inspiration from our leadership. Let’s prove what we can do together by flattening the curve, being kind to all, and showing optimism that our best days are still ahead of us.

— Nicholas Bertram is president of the GIANT Co.