MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) - The shelves at the United Food Bank in Mesa are empty, as a freezer breakdown resulted in the loss of nearly 22,000 lbs of food.
22,000 lbs of food was enough to feed families for three weeks. Food Bank officials are now reaching out to the public, after the compressor in their main freezer broke down overnight on Sunday. Among the food lost were frozen foods, including meat and vegetables.
"That's about nine truckloads of food," said Dave Richins, CEO and President of the United Food Bank. "That's enough for about 40,000 meals."
Richins said the lost items are essential to the agencies they distribute to.
It's the first time the freezer is this empty since 2010. UFB officials said the estimated cost to repair the freezer is over $10,000.
United Food Bank freezer breakdown