updated July 17, 2020

 

Effective July 23rd, face coverings are required to shop or work in our stores (unless legal exceptions apply).

We care about protecting our neighbors, associates, and the local economy. Due to the recent spike in positive Covid-19 cases in our communities, face coverings will be required while shopping or working in our stores beginning Thursday, July 23 (unless legal exceptions apply).
The CDC recommends face coverings as an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.


FACE COVERINGS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why it is important to wear a cloth face covering?
A: Cloth face coverings may help prevent people infected with COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect the people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in grocery stores and restaurants). Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.


Q: Does the CDC recommend face coverings to prevent COVID-19?
A: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings when around people not living in your household and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Cloth face coverings provide a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from entering the air when one coughs, sneezes, or talks. The CDC reports that by covering your mouth and nose, you’re significantly lowering the chances of spreading the virus through infected droplets. Cloth face coverings, coupled with social distancing, provide extra protection to you and those around you from becoming infected.


Q: I’m healthy. Do I still need to wear a face covering?
A: According to the CDC, many of those who are infected with COVID-19 do not show symptoms of being ill and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others. The cloth face covering is meant to protect other people from those who are infected. Therefore, everyone should wear a cloth face covering in public settings.


Q: If I wear a face covering, am I safe being around others who aren’t wearing face coverings?
A: While the risk of spreading COVID-19 is lower when at least one individual is wearing a face covering, COVID-19 is about 70% less likely to be spread if both (or all) parties are wearing face coverings.


Q: Does wearing a face covering cause oxygen deficiency or carbon dioxide toxicity?
A: Breathing difficulty should only be caused by wearing an airtight face covering. A face covering is designed to trap viral respiratory droplets, which are much larger than tiny carbon dioxide particles. A face covering, either N95 or cloth, cannot trap all carbon dioxide particles—they either go through the face covering or escape along the face covering’s perimeter. Therefore, cloth face coverings are the preferred cover to be worn in public settings.


Q: Who doesn’t have to wear a face covering?
A: At Food City/Super Dollar, cloth face coverings are not required for children under the age of 12*, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance. (*Note: Age requirements may vary based on state/local regulations. Follow your state’s regulations).


Q: Why do I have to wear a face covering if it’s not mandated by the city/county?
A: Due to the serious nature of this situation, we want to assure our neighbors, customers and associates that safety is a top priority. The CDC reports that by covering your mouth and nose and practicing social distancing, you’re significantly lowering the chances of spreading infection through respiratory droplets that can travel from your mouth onto others when you talk, sneeze, and cough.


Q: Why should I wear a face covering when it’s my right not to wear one?
A: Face coverings protect both you and other people – especially those who are vulnerable and susceptible to severe illness. Experts predict that consistent and widespread wearing of face coverings could significantly reduce further spread and help avoid a second wave of COVID-19 infection, during which businesses and schools would have to close again. Wearing face coverings is critical to the health of our neighbors, customers, associates, and the economy.

Meat Pricing and Availability

As you may have heard in the media, our country is in the midst of a meat crisis. This situation is not due to a shortage of cattle, hogs or chickens. It is due to a shortage of meat processing plant employees, some of which have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, creating facility shutdowns and interrupting the meat supply chain.

While we will have meat in stock, we may not have every cut available every day and there may be times we are unable to honor ad items due to product shortages. We are also incurring dramatic cost increases on beef, pork and chicken. For example, the cost of ground beef has increased more than 125% since late February, ground chuck by 112%, CAB bottom round by 134%, CAB chuck rolls by 98%, bone in pork loins by 114% and pork butt shoulders by 69%. Unfortunately, no business can absorb cost increases this significant.

We hope the supply chain interruption will be short lived and product supply will soon increase and costs will decrease. Please know that our company is doing everything we can to supply our valued customers with quality meat products at the best prices possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we continue to work to meet the needs of the communities we serve during these unprecedented times.

Understanding Pandemics

Rebecca Webb, Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager for K-VA-T Food Stores recently wrote an educational article for the Food City Wellness Club about pandemics including tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones during these difficult times.

Temporary Hours of Operation Changes

At Food City, the safety of our valued customers and dedicated team of associates is our top priority.  With the continuing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, effective immediately, we are temporarily adjusting our store hours of operation to 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily, to give our associates additional time to clean, sanitize and restock. 

The first hour of operation from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. will be specifically designated for customers 65 and older, as well as customers with underlying health conditions to shop to avoid busier shopping periods. Additionally each Monday, starting March 23rd, our pharmacy locations will be open at 7:00 a.m. to allow these most vulnerable customers to pick up their prescriptions with limited exposure during these challenging times. Pharmacies will maintain their normal operating hours the rest of the week.

We are working diligently to continue to maintain stock levels to service our customers and are in constant communication with supply chain teams. Due to increased demand and manufacturer allocation, some products may be limited or not available for purchase. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We encourage you to continue to monitor this evolving situation and closely follow the CDC recommendation and guidelines.  Please visit coronavirus.gov for the most accurate and up-to-date information. 

Thank you for your business and your patience as we work to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

An update from Food City President/CEO Steve Smith about COVID-19

The safety of our valued customers and dedicated team of associates is our top priority.

 

Dear Valued Customer,

At Food City, we’ve always been committed to the communities we serve. Likewise, we’re devoted to delivering the safest products possible. With the recent health concerns, we’re taking action to protect our valued customers and dedicated team of associates.

COVID-19 is NOT a foodborne illness and there are NO known transmissions by food handlers. However, we recognize the serious nature of this situation and we wanted to share the actions we are taking to protect our customers and associates. In addition to our comprehensive sanitation programs, we have implemented a number of additional measures to help prevent the spread of bacteria, including:

• Reemphasized training of our associates on proper hand washing procedures and heightened sanitation procedures.
• Increased sanitation of the front-end registers, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, shopping carts, restrooms and other common touch points.
• Hand sanitizer at the registers.
• Heightened sanitation practices in all departments, including grocery, pharmacy, fuel, meat/seafood, produce, floral, Starbucks, bakery/deli, cafes and service areas.
• We have temporarily suspended all product sampling programs.
• We have temporarily suspended our self-service stations, including our soup, salad & wing bars, bagel and donut self-service cases and are only offering pre-packaged servings of those items.
• Utilization of disease prevention posters and specialized training courses.

We are experiencing manufacturer allocations, due to increased demand on select items throughout the store. Therefore, we have implemented a limit of 2 items per customer on affected items. We may also be unable to fulfill requested quantities on items as advertised. Our stores continue to work to maintain stock levels to service our customers and are in constant communication with supply chain teams.

Our Emergency Preparedness team is working diligently to address concerns related to COVID-19. Based upon the recommendations of the CDC, we encourage our customers and associates to:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the bend of your elbow.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
o If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
• Follow the CDC suggested hygiene practices.
• It is very important to use safe food handling practices.

Due to the serious nature of this situation, we want to assure our Food City customers and associates that safety is of the utmost importance. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and share relevant information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

FOOD CITY

Steven C. Smith
President/CEO