(WWJ) Kroger is looking to fill thousands of jobs – in order to keep grocery stores up and running.
The company says it is looking for more than 20,000 workers across its stores nationwide. It says it has already hired more than 23,000 workers who may have been let go from their jobs at restaurants, hotels, and food service distributors.
Kroger wants to make the new hires over the next several weeks to help it to continue to provide food and supplies to communities across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Kroger's top priority continues to be uplifting our associates and serving our communities, whether that's by ensuring customers always can find food and products on our shelves or by providing a nearly immediate job opportunity to help an unemployed person to begin working again," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president and chief people officer. "During this time of uncertainty, Kroger is committed to remaining a constant. We have a responsibility to our associates, customers and communities, and we will continue to be here…for any need."
The average hourly wage at Kroger is $15 an hour, according to the company.
There are open positions nationwide across Kroger's retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Candidates can apply online at jobs.kroger.com.