Cub Foods and the Walz Administration has announced a partnership that will keep Minnesota's childcare providers supplied with groceries during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Gov. Walz revealed the partnership with Stillwater-based Cub and its parent company, United Natural Foods Inc., which will see the creation of an ordering process specifically for childcare providers.
Childcare services are considered "essential" under Gov. Walz's Stay at Home order, with many tasked with looking after the children of healthcare workers required on the frontlines of the pandemic.
As part of the partnership, Cub has said it will "leverage its extensive statewide supply chain network" that will allow childcare providers serving kids of emergency workers "to secure needed products at convenient, flexible hours and locations."
"Grocers are working tirelessly to meet the needs of Minnesotans – and they’re going the extra mile for our child care providers and emergency workers,” said Governor Walz. “Partnerships like this are critical to keep our communities healthy and safe. I’m grateful to CUB for stepping up in this time of crisis."
Cub CEO Mike Stigers added: "Our goal is simple: Ensure child care providers have access to the product they need to continue providing care to the children of emergency and other essential workers."
Cub has seen business surge as Minnesotans stock up during the pandemic, and has rewarded its hourly wage workers with a temporary $2-an-hour pay increase, plus increase overtime pay, until the crisis is over.