On Monday, United Food Bank lost approximately 21,650 pounds of nutritious frozen food due to a compressor break in the main freezer of its warehouse and transportation center in Mesa. The lost food would have served area food-insecure residents for nearly three weeks.
“The freezer is pivotal to our operations at United Food Bank so it’s quite a financial hit. Not only the cost of the repair, but replacing the 21,000 pounds of food to restock it,” said Dave Richins, president and CEO of United Food Bank. “We are grateful for donations of any size, which can be made at our website, unitedfoodbank.org.”
United Food Bank finds itself in dire need of donations of several food items lost to spoilage from the freezer breakdown – frozen fruits, vegetables and meats. These items are an essential part of its distribution to the five counties the organization serves each month.
Beyond the food loss, the damage to the freezer is even greater. The repair estimate is more than $10,000. United Food Bank distributes the equivalent of four meals for each dollar spent, so the cost of these repairs translates into a loss of more than 40,000 meals for those in need.
Food donations are accepted at both United Food Bank locations. To make a monetary donation or find the addresses of donation sites, visit www.unitedfoodbank.org.