Sometimes what at first looks like a disaster can end up being something good. That certainly is the case with this story.
A Trader Joe’s store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, had a problem that would be a nightmare for any grocery store. Their refrigeration system went down last week, leaving thousands of pounds of food at risk of getting spoiled.
Instead of letting all that food go to waste, they surprised the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission with the largest donation they had ever seen – 35,000 pounds of fresh food.
“They called us, and we were able to mobilize a team within an hour that consisted of staff and volunteers,” said Greg Weaver, the Director of Food Service at the mission.
“They just really exemplified a culture of generosity, and we’re just so thankful for them,” he added.
This amount of food will make a big difference for the mission and the community they serve by not only providing food but lifting spirits as well.
Trader Joe’s says that this is their company policy when dealing with food in situations like this.
“Everything that we deem is able to be consumed safely we donate to our neighbors, and we’re really happy to participate in helping the community in that way,” said Trader Joe’s Store Captain, Daniel Sorscher.
Sorscher also says that they regularly donate to local shelters to help clear their shelves of food.
The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission provides three free meals every day, equaling about 600 meals each day.
The mission was able to store all but 4,000 pounds of the food, which they then donated to a local food pantry.
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