Kroger Stores Give Workers Temporary ‘Hero Bonus’ During Pandemic

Kroger grocery stores are giving their hourly employees a $2 "Hero Bonus" for working during the coronavirus outbreak.

The bonus will be given to “frontline” employees for hours they work between March 29th through April 18th.

Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement

Our associates have displayed the true actions of a hero, working tirelessly on the frontlines to ensure everyone has access to affordable, fresh food and essentials during this national emergency. The Hero Bonus is just one more way we continue to convey our thanks and gratitude not only to our existing associates but also to the more than 30,000 new hires who have joined in the past two weeks and those who will soon join the Kroger Family of Companies.

Kroger previously announced a $300 bonus for full-time workers and $150 for part-time employees, which will be paid on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the company told the Daily News that the average hourly rate for employees is $15.

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