Kroger Is Giving Employees $130 Million in 'Thank You Pay' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


Kroger is gifting hourly employees with “Thank You Pay.”

The national grocery brand announced on Friday that it has allocated $130 million in special payments for their employees working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said the payment is to acknowledge the employee’s “dedication to maintaining safe, clean and stocked stores.”

“Our associates have been instrumental in feeding America while also helping to flatten the curve during the initial phases of the pandemic,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, in a release to News 8. “To recognize and thank our associates for their incredible work during this historic time, we offered special pay in March, April and May.”

Frontline grocery store workers, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates will all benefit from the one-time payment.

As part of the initiative, full-time associates will be given $400 on top of their paycheck, while part time associates will get an additional $200. The bonuses will be paid in installments on May 30 and June 18, the release stated.

This follows the “Hero Bonuses” that Kroger awarded employees from April to mid-May as a result of the outbreak.

These bonuses gave $300 and $150 to full-time and part-time employees, respectively, according to KOLD.

The company will continue putting employees first and offering paid emergency leave for anyone impacted by the virus or experiencing symptoms.

Similarly, Walmart and Sam’s Club announced all employees would receive bonuses in June.

The retailers revealed they planned to dish out a combined $390 million towards bonuses and hope it will recognize employees “for their many contributions to communities across the country during this unprecedented time."

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