While this grocery store could have simply trashed all of the food in their coolers during a refrigerator malfunction, they donated all 35,000 pounds of their perishable goodies to charity instead.
The Trader Joe’s of Kalamazoo, Michigan experienced some technical difficulties in their cooling system on Wednesday. Most businesses in the food industry – if faced with the same dilemma – would simply call a mechanic and attempt to save the food before it all goes bad and ends up in the garbage.
Trader Joe’s policy, however, requires their stores to donate all of their perishables to charity. The groceries from last week’s malfunction were donated to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission: a local shelter that serves over 600 meals to the city’s homeless every day.
Though 95% of their food is donated, the ministry says that the Trader Joe’s donation is the single largest contribution that they have ever received.
Greg Weaver, Director of Food Service at the mission said. “They called us and we were able to mobilize a team within an hour that consisted of staff and volunteers.”
“They just really exemplified a culture of generosity and we’re just so thankful for them,” he added.