WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) listed food, agriculture and transportation logistics among essential, critical infrastructure in the US. This allows grocers and their supply chain partners to maintain daily operations and keep the US food chain flowing. 

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule,” President Donald Trump said in a Coronavirus Guidance for America update on March 16. 

The CISA released an official list of industries and businesses that fall under the essential, critical industry category on March 20. 

FMI – The Food Industry Association, Arlington, Va., commended CISA for including the food industry among critical, essential businesses. 

“Whether it’s during a natural disaster or a national emergency, the food industry does what it does best – cares for customers and communities; managing to rise to the occasion and provide solid customer service when it matters most. The supply chain continues to adapt to meet the new levels of demand, and being deemed an essential workforce allows the industry to restock and replenish products across the country without interruption,” said Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer. 

“In the midst of challenges to keep products flowing, the needs of all their customers and partners – including WIC and SNAP shoppers – remain top-of-mind. I am honored to work in this industry that is resilient in answering the challenges arising during this national emergency,” she said. “I know the food industry is doing its very best to get shoppers food and basic necessities to help offer comfort and nourishment during this uncertain time."