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WSAV & Kroger Lead The Charge To Aid Second Harvest Food Bank

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Following a heartbreaking disaster at the local Second Harvest Food Bank last week, employees of WSAV-TV, and our friends at area Kroger stores, are leading the charge to aid this important community resource.

As WSAV.com was first to report last week, a sudden roof collapse led to the spoiling of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food. As the Second Harvest teams work to fund raise and rebuild their large freezer unit, the community is being asked to supply emergency donations of canned meat and protein.

In a gracious show of community spirit and compassion, area Kroger stores are organizing a 'round-up' campaign. Kroger customers can 'round up' their grocery bill to the next whole-dollar, and the change will be donated to the emergency efforts of Second Harvest. THe fundraising effort will continue until September 22. In addition, local Kroger stores are donating thousands of pounds of food.

WSAV-TV, Kroger stores, and The Second Harvest Food Bank would like to thank every person in the community that has taken a moment to help. Check back for more updates from WSAV-TV and WSAV.com.

Background article:

In tonight's News 3 follow up report -- last week, we were there as Second Harvest Food Bank's broken freezer was demolished in an attempt to save the frozen food inside.

Today, the effects of that problem could be felt as organizers struggled to meet the needs of many.

But as they re-groped, they also discovered their need is growing.

It is an emergency situation.

One million-- that's about how many pounds of food were in the freezer when it collapsed, according to those with Second Harvest. At this time, they don't know exactly how much of it they lost, but they do know it's impacting them in more ways than they realized.

"Right now, we are in the process of trying to make sure we have enough food."

Second Harvest Executive Director, Mary Jane Crouch has her work cut out for her this week. Their frozen food cooler is out of commission, and that means fulfilling needs in a different ways.

"There were people who came in today who said, ‘I want a frozen chicken,' we are asking them how about a can of beef stew instead?"

She says the work has been endless. Monday crews started taking an inventory of what was saved and what has to be discarded. Until the frozen food checks out to be okay for consumption, Second Harvest is playing it safe.

"We didn't anticipate this, so everything we are giving out now is canned goods. Around the end of the month, we will need to distribute about a thousand jars of peanut butter or a thousand cans of beef stew, and as you can see, we don't have it."

When we visited, we found only 10 cans of tuna and 2 jars of peanut butter. Crouch says they need help in the worst way.

"A jar of peanut butter would cost us the same as it would cost you---but with how many we go through--- we just don't have that kind of funding."

The food bank has been there for countless families in our community who needed help at one point of another.

Now she's hoping the community can do the same.

"The community has been so supportive in wanting to help. If you want to do something, do a protein food drive, a beef stew food drive, a peanut butter food drive, tuna food drive. As you can see, we are really low on those items."

If you would like to make a donation, drop it off at Second Harvest or any local Bank of America. If you hold a donation drive at your work or school, Second Harvest says they are happy to pick it up.

It could take up to 6 months to replace the freezer, insurance will cover some of it, but that is expected to cost about a million dollars.

Businesses are already stepping up to help the food bank.

Today, two Great Dane freezer trucks were donated to the food bank from Florida at no charge -- each truck about 53 feet long.

They are replacing four cold storage trucks that were initially rented on an emergency basis after the collapse and could save second harvest more than 43-thousand dollars in freezer rental fees.

Sam's Club also donated a truck to help with food storage.

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