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Dynamic Foods adjusts to demands

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Dynamic Foods has prepared, processed and distributed food products to stores across the country, for 52 years. 

And now more than ever, consumers are relying on them to keep the grocery shelves stocked.

"When we first realized that Covid19 was coming our way, we immediately started putting a plan in place to keep our employees safe and to keep us up and running, because we are an essential business," Dynamic Foods VP, Beth Tay said.

The first part of that plan started with employee meetings to help curb confusion on Mayor Dan Pope's orders.

"Nobody had ever heard of essential and non-essential businesses before, so it's a learning curve for all of us," Tay said. "When we had the meetings we told them that the products they're making in Lubbock, Texas are in all 50 states." 

The next step, was to turn the conference room into a mask making assembly line. The staff sewed more than 200 masks to cover their employees. 

"A lot of us in the front office were the ones making the masks," Tay said. "For us not to be on the production floor but to still be able to provide them with something to make them feel safe, feels pretty good." 

While the employees are safe, they are still coping with cut hours. 

Dynamic Foods used to provide several school districts in Texas with dinner rolls. Now that schools are closed, it's Bakery business is suffering.

 "Our meat department is also a little bit slower than normal," Tay said. "They may only work two to three days a week, instead of five, but they are still working."

She said, luckily, all Dynamic Foods employees are cross-trained.

 "They can go to any department," Tay said. "If we have openings down in cooked foods or if we are running an extra long shift and need extra workers, we definitely pull people over." 

About 70 of Dynamic Foods 175 employees have lost hours. In an effort to help them out, the HR team set up the shared hours program.

"This week we may call 10 people in and next week we'll call 10 different people in," HR Manager, Rosa Baeza said. "That way they're still getting some hours."

"I tell our employees all the time, we're a family," Baeza said. "We've all gone through adversities in life and having a helping hand meant a lot to us, so we just want to provide the same for our employees."

Baeza and Tay are looking forward to the day when all employees can return full-time. 

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