Winter storms are causing widespread electrical outages across the United States. In Oregon alone, more than 150,000 people are dealing with the ramifications of indiscriminately losing power.
Fred Meyer was just one of the many businesses affected during the outages. However, when the store lost power on Tuesday, workers decided to discard thousands of perishable items. Packaged meats, dairy products, vegetables, and more were all thrown into the garbage.
When members of the public attempted to salvage the wasted food, they were met with hostility. Fred Meyer even went so far as to summon police to the scene.
Local activist Morgan Mckniff shared with the press that about a dozen officers arrived to manage the scene.
No arrests or citations arose from the incident.
Fred Meyer made a statement defending their response stating that “due to loss of power at this store, some perishable food was no longer safe for donation to local hunger relief agencies. Our store team became concerned that area residents would consume the food and risk foodborne illness”.
The brand also went on to say “Fred Meyer donates 5.5 million pounds of safe, nutritious surplus food to our food bank partners and communities every year. We are engaging our store teams with this important reminder of our established processes in situations like this.”