Just because we are in the middle of a pandemic, doesn’t mean a few businesses aren’t doing their part to give back. The Calgary Co-op has just announced that they will be giving temporary raises and a discount to employees as thanks for their hard work during this tough time. In addition to this, the company is delivering free care packages to local residents in need. 

While non-essential Calgary businesses have closed, grocery stores remain open. 

This means employees have been working long hours to ensure the community can get the food they need during this period of social distancing. 

Calgary Co-op has announced that because of the employees' hard work, all staff will be receiving a raise of $2.50 per hour, from now until May 2. 

According to the company, Calgary Cooperative has 3,850 team members. 

In addition to the raise, staff will also receive a discount.

Staff may also receive a much-needed break, as temporary part-time employees are being hired to keep up with customer demand. 

But the large operation isn’t just helping staff. Calgary Co-op is also giving back to the community by delivering a free care package to any local residents currently in quarantine. 

There has been a large amount of support for this program; as a result, packages will be delivered until April 15. 

Each household under quarantine is entitled to one care package. It can be obtained by emailing memberengagement@calgarycoop.com with “Calgary Co-op Care Package” in the subject line. 

Since grocery stores need to remain open, Co-op is implementing new safety measures in order to keep their customers and staff healthy. 

The first thing they will be doing is installing plexiglass dividers at tills to distance staff and shoppers. 

They'll also be sanitizing cashier stations, self-checkouts, and shopping cart handles. 

Self-serve stations like salad bars will be removed.

Masks and gloves will be provided for pharmacy employees interacting with customers.

“Our team interacts with our members every day, and we are here for each other,” said Ken Keelor, CEO of Calgary Co-op, in a press release

“It is only by pulling together as a community that we will overcome these trying times.” 

If you can’t make it out to a grocery store, don't worry. tons of restaurants in the city are offering takeout and delivery options. 

But it’s not just restaurants hopping on this delivery trend. Even adorable plant shops in the city will deliver spring to you if you can’t leave your home. 

You can take workout classes online for free, too. 

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