Markham, March 24, 2020 – Sofina Foods Inc. is announcing a series of initiatives to recognize its employees and support communities across the country. This includes premium pay to front line employees, access to company products and donations to various charities.
“I am incredibly proud of, and grateful for, the passion and dedication of Sofina Foods’ employees during this pandemic.” said Michael Latifi, Founder and Executive Chairman, Sofina Foods Inc. “We are working very hard to balance two critical objectives: The first is taking care of our people and ensuring their safety at work; the second is that we must continue to provide quality food products to our communities in this significant time of need.”
Effective March 25, 2020, Sofina Foods will recognize all its front line employees in production and distribution with a $2 per hour premium pay. Sofina Foods is also providing all of its employees a turkey to enjoy with their family during the upcoming holiday.
Through the Sofina Foundation, the company extended additional support to Canadian communities. The Foundation has significantly increased its donations to foodbanks and local charities across the country over the last few weeks to help feed those who are experiencing hardship during these uncertain times.
“There is no question the past couple of weeks have been challenging for everyone,” added Robert Wilt, President and CEO, Sofina Foods Inc. “We understand the essential role our employees play in ensuring the continued supply of safe, quality food to Canadians. We are proud of that responsibility and we take it very seriously.”
To date, Sofina Foods has had no reported diagnosis of COVID-19 amongst its employees. All of its manufacturing facilities in Canada are in full operation.