Foodsby has announced a reduction in the company’s workforce. According to Rob Wormley, the company’s senior manager of corporate communications and brand, the layoffs account for “roughly 60%” of Foodsby’s employees. The Minneapolis-based office lunch delivery company cited the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis as the driving force behind the layoffs.

“Our business only thrives when restaurants thrive,” Ben Cattoor, CEO, said in a statement. “And right now, restaurants in every community are hurting.”

In the statement, Cattoor said the decision came after eliminating all other courses of action including an immediate salary freeze for himself for the “foreseeable future” and “meaningful pay cuts” for other members of the executive team. He also said it was his hope that the layoffs would be temporary, suggesting a potential hire-back plan in the future.

“My hope is that our country and the world will overcome the effects of this virus, people will return to life as we knew it, and we’ll soon be in a place where we can hire so many of these talented individuals back,” he said.

Cattoor also asked any companies that are hiring to contact [email protected] in order to expedite the hiring of those who were laid off and stressed the importance of supporting local restaurants during the pandemic.

“If you’re at home, order directly from the restaurant,” he said. “They are in desperate need of all the help and support they can get right now.”