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COVID-19 Impact

  • July 30, 2020 12:48 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, independent grocers are working to accommodate unprecedented consumer demand for online grocery orders, but only a limited number of grocery retailers are currently approved to accommodate SNAP customers with online ordering. Although 40 states have launched SNAP online purchasing, independent grocers have been left behind while larger competitors participating in the original pilot program have moved into states across the country.

    This has caused great concern for family-owned, privately-held grocers who face technical challenges and barriers to participate, such as lack of resources or financial capacity.

    I urge you to support the Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535/S. 4202) in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This important legislation would create a technical assistance center for SNAP online purchasing and provide financial assistance to retailers that demonstrate need.

    Please click here to urge your Members of Congress to include the Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535/S. 4202) in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This legislation would provide technical assistance to grocers implementing SNAP online purchasing programs and defer expensive costs for retailers that lack the capacity and resources necessary to get online.

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  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), introduced the FRNT LINE Act. This bill would provide payroll and income tax relief for essential workers, such as grocery industry associates, who have continued their work during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    The pandemic has brought a sales boom for grocers, but it is also reshaping the avenues that retailers use to interact with shoppers, Jeff Wells writes. He notes that the loss of traditional staples, such as salad and hot bars, means grocers need to find innovative new ways to engage with socially distant shoppers, such as the recent introduction of a robotic salad bar at Heinen's. Full story can be read here.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, some Missouri counties and municipalities have begun issuing orders that require people to wear masks while in public. In some places, businesses can face fines if they do not adhere to the orders.

    Each order has unique caveats about where and when masks are required. Missourians are strongly encouraged to follow orders in their own regions as well as review local orders before traveling to another part of the state.

    You can see view the ordinances below for each county or city (as of July 23rd). Since last week, Cape Girardeau County has introduced an ordinance. (CLICK ON CITY FOR MORE INFO)

    COUNTY MASK ORDERS:

    Cape Girardeau County

    Clay County

    Jackson County

    Johnson County

    St. Louis County order

    MUNICIPAL MASK ORDERS:

    Columbia

    Joplin

    Kansas City

    North Kansas City

    Springfield

    St. Louis City

    If you would like a "Wear a Mask" sign for your store, click HERE to view and print one.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections. The proposal, authored by Sens. McConnell (R-KY) and Cornyn (R-TX), would temporarily offer schools, businesses, health-care providers and nonprofit organizations legal protections when people allegedly exposed to COVID-19 sue them. The Senate GOP plan resembles the recently introduced H.R. 7528, the Get America Back to Work Act. To read the proposal, click HERE.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections. The proposal, authored by Sens. McConnell (R-KY) and Cornyn (R-TX), would temporarily offer schools, businesses, health-care providers and nonprofit organizations legal protections when people allegedly exposed to COVID-19 sue them. The Senate GOP plan resembles the recently introduced H.R. 7528, the Get America Back to Work Act. To read the proposal, click HERE.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Grocery prices are expected to increase by 3% on average this year. This would be the highest increase in grocery costs the country has experienced since 2011, and it would see grocery prices rising faster than the cost of food from restaurants and fast-food chains. Read more.

  • July 16, 2020 1:44 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, some Missouri counties and municipalities have begun issuing orders that require people to wear masks while in public. In some places, businesses can face fines if they do not adhere to the orders.

    Each order has unique caveats about where and when masks are required. Missourians are strongly encouraged to follow orders in their own regions as well as review local orders before traveling to another part of the state.

    You can see view the ordinances below for each county or city (as of July 16th). Since last week, Joplin and Springfield have introduced an ordinance.

    (CLICK ON CITY FOR MORE INFO)

    COUNTY MASK ORDERS:

    Clay County

    Jackson County

    Johnson County

    St. Louis County order

    MUNICIPAL MASK ORDERS:

    Columbia

    Joplin

    Kansas City

    North Kansas City

    Springfield

    St. Louis City

    If you would like a "Wear a Mask" sign for your store, click HERE to view and print one.

  • July 16, 2020 1:43 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Gov. Mike Parson signed multiple bills into law, including legislation that will allow nursing home residents and their families to install surveillance cameras; ensure free COVID-19 testing if recommended by a doctor; and prevent state contractors from boycotting Israel. Parson vetoed a bill that would have restricted special taxing districts. Some city officials viewed the bill as a threat to development projects.

  • July 16, 2020 1:42 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Two new grant programs totaling $50 million aim to help Missouri businesses amid the coronavirus. A $30 million program for small business upgrades and $20 million worth of grants for producing personal protective equipment are both funded by the federal CARES Act. You can learn more HERE.


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