AUSTIN, MINN. – Hormel Foods Corp. announced a second round of cash bonuses for its plant production workers who are helping produce food during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The meat producer said these bonuses would be $7 million in addition to a $4 million bonus that was paid in April. The company will pay all full- and part-time structure to plant production workers.

“Throughout this pandemic, our No. 1 priority has been to keep our team members safe, especially those who are not in a position to work remotely,” said Jim Snee, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods.

“We have worked tirelessly to provide enhanced safety measures including PPE, temperature taking, facility innovation to enhance social distancing, and improved access to COVID-19 testing. We do this all with a sense of responsibility and pride as we maintain the constant supply of safe, high-quality food, which has provided a sense of security and comfort to millions of Americans.”

The special bonus includes $500 for full-time employees and $150 for part-time employees. Hormel Foods said it has been providing 100% base pay and benefits to all team members impacted by COVID-19. The company said the second bonus would be paid during the first week in July. In total, employees will have received $800 for full-time team members and $300 for part-time team members.

“What we are facing today would have been far worse if grocery store shelves were empty,” Snee said. “We know that food has the power to bring us together, even when we can’t be. Along with so many other essential food industry workers, we are doing our part to make sure people can find food at grocery stores, restaurants through carryout and delivery, and even food pantries. As we recognize heroes during this time, we pay tribute to our health care workers and first responders, but we shouldn’t forget the millions of people who are showing up and working hard to keep our food supply chain running. They should be recognized for the heroic and purposeful work they are doing, and they have our most sincere appreciation and gratitude.”