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Nature Fresh Farms brings ATM on-site for employees


May 26, 2020
By Nature Fresh Farms (edited)
Nature Fresh Farms brings BMO ATM on-site. Source: Nature Fresh Farms

To make banking more accessible for its employees, Nature Fresh Farms is working with BMO to bring them on-site ATM access for cash or to complete simple, every day banking transactions.

With current social distancing and business restrictions still in place, individuals are primarily leaving their residences for essential errands only. Nature Fresh Farms’ collaboration with BMO allows employees access to an on-site ATM at their farm location, helping to reduce or eliminate employees’ essential trips to the bank. The new ATM has been very well received, with employees happy to have a more convenient means of completing financial transactions. With such positive feedback, the ATM will remain on the premises for the foreseeable future.

“Throughout this pandemic we have been looking for ways to make things more convenient for our workers to give them the option to avoid travel to town for necessities,” shared Vice President, John Ketler. “This has included bringing vendors on-site, some of whom, due to the rapid onset of restrictions, are not set up for debit transactions. We are providing a means for our employees to support these vendors.”

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To make essential services more accessible to their employees and minimize any additional risks from off-site traveling, the company has also improved access to groceries and prepared foods by bringing approved vendors on-site and allowing representatives from financial institutions to come help workers send home money transfers.

“Agriculture is a vital part of the Canadian economy, and part of our purpose as an organization is to drive positive change,” said Roy Dias, Head, Specialized Industries, BMO Bank of Montreal. “We saw an opportunity to help Nature Fresh Farms bring everyday banking services to their team members, helping both their employees and the community. We will always look for ways to help, as we navigate this environment together.”