TORONTO, July 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – July 19 is Canada’s Food Heroes Day. For the first time in the country, the grocery industry in conjunction with Grocery Business Magazine, has created a special tribute to recognize the comprehensive efforts of the grocery industry’s front-line employees and those working in the retail food supply chain.
Support for the initiative continues to grow with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Federal Labor Minister Filomena Tassi, Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole, and the Prime Ministers of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec getting behind Grocery Heroes Day, urging Canadians to celebrate these important front-line people.
“Regardless of how your organization chooses to celebrate and recognize its employees, I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the front-line workers in the grocery industry for all they have done and continue to do to provide essential services and support Safe and Healthy Canadians During These Unprecedented Times. ” says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the official opposition of the Government of Canada, says that “as the pandemic has come to demonstrate, all of our front-line grocery workers serve as pillars in our communities. Front-line grocery workers keep the shelves stocked and our refrigerators stocked. In times of isolation, supermarket workers help act as friendly faces that help boost morale. “
Quebec Prime Minister François Legault: “I join the other Prime Ministers from across the country in applauding the essential jobs and hard work done by food workers. They are worthy of recognition for their valuable contribution. I salute the initiative from the grocery business to promote an appreciation day for staff working in grocery stores, chain food stores, and food distribution businesses.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford: “Throughout this unprecedented crisis, they have continued to roll up their sleeves to make sure shelves are full and stores are clean so families in their communities can continue to have food on the table and access to daily necessities “.
Manitoba Prime Minister Brian Pallister: On Food Heroes Day, I join my fellow Manitoba, indeed fellow Canadians, in expressing our sincere and heartfelt thanks to those who work in our grocery industry for the important work they are doing. His courage and commitment will not be forgotten. “
Scott Moe, Prime Minister of Saskatchewan: “On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the front-line workers in the grocery industry.”
BC Prime Minister Paul Horgan says he is urging everyone in his province to “join me in honoring our amazing grocery store workers. I encourage everyone to take a moment out of your day to express your gratitude to these heroes and to all Canadians for doing their part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic and keep our workers safe. I thank you very much for the vital work you do in communities across the country. “
And support for the grocery industry continues to grow. Many leaders across the country have expressed their gratitude to frontline workers, including Anthony Longo, Longo’s president and CEO. “Despite the difficulties they faced during the pandemic, they continued to rise to the challenge and have earned the title of ‘hero.’ At Grocery Heroes Day, we are grateful and acknowledge each of his outstanding contributions toward our recovery. “
For more information on Grocery Heroes Day, visit groceryheroesday.ca.
Food Heroes Day Ambassador
Grocery Business Magazine