As a growing number of Americans receive orders to shelter in place, those on the front lines of the country’s food supply chain are still getting up every morning, going to work, and making sure the rest of us can eat.
Their roles are so critical that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has incorporated food, agriculture, transportation, and logistics into the “essential critical infrastructure workforce,” authorizing grocery stores and their partners to stay open for business.
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule,” CISA Director Christopher Krebs wrote in a memo announcing the new guidance.
FMI, the Food Industry Association, a leading trade group for food marketers, retailers, and wholesalers, endorsed the move immediately.
“Whether it’s during a natural disaster or a national emergency, the food industry does what it does best – cares for customers and communities, managing to rise to the occasion and provide solid customer service when it matters most,” FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin wrote. “The supply chain continues to adapt to meet the new levels of demand and being deemed an essential workforce allows the industry to restock and replenish products across the country without interruption.”
At TraceGains, we couldn’t agree more. So many of you are working nonstop to safeguard the stability of our food and supplement supply chains, and we can’t thank you enough. There’s a new brand of unheralded hero emerging from this pandemic, and it’s people like you, along with our healthcare and government workers, who are keeping us going.
As we watch the progression of the pandemic and the toll it’s taking – on both personal and economic levels – we’re in constant communication with our community of customers, suppliers, and industry experts to navigate through this unprecedented crisis. Many of them have shared their perspectives on the best path forward.
You can read our CEO’s letter here.