Food critic Jansens Fruit Market is closing its doors for good after a yearlong fight with the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The grocery chain, which has more than 300 stores in Iowa and Nebraska, lost its food stamp benefits in February, and was one of the first companies to announce that it would stop paying food stamps for its workers, according to the Iowa Department of Human Services.
The grocery store said that because of the hardship, it had lost the ability to provide workers with the necessities of life, such as groceries, groceries and clothing.
“If you’re like most people, you’re very anxious about food,” Jansons founder and CEO Jeff Jensen told Business Insider.
“We’re really trying to focus on food and health, and we’ve been trying to make sure that our employees are well-fed and have enough to eat.
But we’ve gotten a lot of requests that they’re not getting enough food, so we’re really going to have to be able to put the cart before the horse.”
Jansen said that the grocery store has been forced to lay off employees and cut back on what they pay their employees.
“When we first announced the decision, we were told by the administration that they had changed the policy,” Jensen told the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
“They changed it on a whim and that’s how we feel about it.”
The department said that it had been unable to find an affordable alternative.
“Food assistance is a critical lifeline for many people, especially low-income families, in our communities,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“Jansens has been working with us to find a sustainable model for future operations, which is why we have made the decision to discontinue food assistance payments for all employees in Iowa.”
The company had said that if it could find another grocery store, it would continue to provide food assistance to its employees.
Jensen told us that he is confident that he and his family would be able continue to shop at Jansns.
“There is no other store in Iowa that is as popular as Janssen,” Jensen said.
“Our staff has done an amazing job for this community.”
Jensens has not yet determined the final cost of the closure.
“As of right now, we have no immediate plans to reopen, but our focus remains on serving our customers and providing a safe, warm, and healthy environment for our employees,” Jensen wrote in an email.
Jensen said that Jansus has already been able to maintain the store’s current size and operations.
“In fact, we’ve grown our grocery store in anticipation of the change in policy and the need to maintain its operations and supply,” Jensen explained.
The Iowa Department Of Human Services said that food stamps have not been cut by the Trump Administration.
“This is an issue that we take very seriously,” said Secretary of Human Resources Scott Stapleton.
“For years, we work to ensure that Iowa’s public agencies are making sure they have the resources they need to provide the resources that are necessary to meet their responsibilities to their citizens.”
The USDA said that its goal is to keep food stamp recipients as close to the food stamp program as possible.
“The administration’s action to eliminate food stamp assistance benefits has had an impact on the livelihoods of millions of people, including Janssens,” said USDA Assistant Secretary of Health, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Beth Odom.
“While this action has affected some Jansss workers, it is not the result of any single worker.
Instead, it reflects a series of actions that have taken place over the last year that have resulted in a loss of jobs and income for many Iowa families, including the loss of the ability of Jansson to pay its employees a fair wage.”
In April, Jansins owner said that he was not worried about losing the company’s benefits.
“My employees have been great.
They’ve been working hard and supporting me and our business.
I know they’re going to continue to work hard for me,” Jensen revealed.