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Instacart hired 300,000 last month — and wants to hire 250,000 more

The company has seen tremendous growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic

E-shop specialist Jessica Hansen, picks a food order at the Harmons Grocery at Bangerter Crossing in Draper on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
E-shop specialist Jessica Hansen, picks a food order at the Harmons Grocery at Bangerter Crossing in Draper on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

As demand surged for grocery delivery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN reports the on-demand grocery delivery service Instacart hired 300,000 new workers in the past month to help meet demand. And the company isn’t stopping there.

In a company statement published to Medium yesterday, Instacart announced its plans to hire an additional 250,000 shoppers, particularly in high-demand areas such as California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Toronto.

According to TechCrunch, Instacart has grown its shopper network by 250% since March due to the pandemic.

In addition to the new workers, Instacart is also implementing “wellness checks” for workers through its app, the Verge reports, and making “safety kits” available for employees to order through the Instacart Shopper app.

Instacart will also be adding extended sick pay for workers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine by a doctor, Business Insider reports.

The added safety and employee policies come in response to Instacart employee strikes for sick and hazard pay and increased safety measures earlier this month, Engadget reports.