HUNTS POINT, The Bronx (WABC) -- While Hunts Point has been known to be the breadbasket of the Northeastern seaboard, getting it to the table has become a challenge.
"Over 300 jobs instantaneously given to Bronxites. We are sounding the alarm," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Like many other communities, Diaz Jr. and business leaders sounded the alarm on Thursday morning, hoping to attract more applicants to the more than 300 available jobs in Hunts Point - as the 1.7 square mile peninsula is one of the largest food distribution hubs in the world.
A lot of our restaurants and hotels are reopening, and they need what is made available, what is sold, what is distributed here in Hunts Point," said Marlene Cintron.
Three of the major distributors - Baldor Specialty Foods, Nebraskaland, and Chef's Warehouse announced signing bonuses up to $3,000 and expanded benefits. CLICK HERE for more on how you can apply.
"This is a real career today, it's not just a temporary placement," said Chef's Warehouse CEO John Pappas.
"In Baldor's case, the president was right, it's free healthcare for every employee and their spouse and their children, without a deduction, a contribution," said Baldor Specialty Foods President Michael Muzyk.
Before the pandemic, the unemployment rate in the Bronx was four percent, now Diaz says it is at 25 percent. Employers hope new incentives will swiftly turn that number back around.
"So, please take advantage of this opportunity, it's a once in a lifetime to pick a company you want. We have great employers here. You get to choose your position, great sign-on bonuses, great benefits," said Daniel Romanoff of Nebraskaland.
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