Reference to “interesting times” has likely never been more relevant than today. We are living in unprecedented times of a global nature and of the sort we have only read about in history.
It is appropriate and important that I add to my annual report and acknowledge the recent events that have moved world into a much different place as we all struggle with the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Living with the pandemic and seeing the affect it has on so many families makes us all understand that we are in this together and we all need to do our part to reduce the spread of the virus! It is my hope that as you read this, the majority of the pandemic is over. But the virus has taken its toll on many of our friends, family and loved ones and will linger. This is especially so for the older folks living in long term residences and extended care facilities. Our hearts go out to all of those that died at the hands of the virus, their loved ones, those that suffered through the virus and to those that continue to live with its effects.
And lastly a major thanks goes out to the ‘Front Line Supporters’ that include the nurses, doctors, hospital workers, janitorial staff and many others. We must also recognize and express deep appreciation to all who were, and are there every day to supply and support the food wholesalers and retailers so that we can continue to function, to eat and to stay strong! Attention to our food and a broad awareness of the supply chain have never been greater and we are grateful for each and every front line supporter.
We Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!
We Love You for all you are doing!
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation