Thanksgiving is already a busy time of year for the Houston Food Bank, but after an incident last week at its facility, this year is as important as ever.
Last Tuesday evening, a fan malfunction inside a Food Bank refrigerator caused an ammonia leak. While nobody was hurt and the leak was contained quickly, per a Food Bank spokesperson, the organization had to dispose of 1.8 million pounds of food—primarily produce, some dairy, and bulk grains. Products in the Food Bank's dry warehouse were not affected.
While the Food Bank gets additional help during Thanksgiving and around the holidays, the organization needs even more assistance. It's seeking volunteers to handle and process food for distribution. Moreover, the organization is asking for monetary donations to replace produce (the Food Bank will not accept donations of produce), either through the Food Bank itself or into red barrels at neighborhood grocery stores.
A Food Bank spokesperson says inspectors visited the facility and commended workers on their response, and cleanup is underway.