Plano Food Pantry Shut Down After Freezer Break Down

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PLANO - Minnie’s Food Pantry is in a hot spot.

Founder Cheryl Jackson came back from the 4th of July weekend to find the freezer broken down and tons of meat spoiled.

“We literally had to dump everything that was in our freezers,"  Jackson said.

Jackson says about $30,000 worth of meat went to waste in one weekend. Minnie’s Food Pantry feeds four to five thousand people a month in Collin county.  Families rely on Minnie’s every day to make ends meet. The broken freezer put a big hurt on them helping the hungry.

Minnie’s Food Pantry feeds four to five thousand people a month in Collin county.  Families rely on Minnie’s every day to make ends meet. The broken freezer put a big hurt on their attempt to help the hungry.

“There were people standing outside waiting to get food," Jackson said. "I am thinking, 'Is there anything I can give to these people?'"

Jackson says that since their freezers are down, they are now being told they give out any food at all.

“The city’s telling us we have to shut down until the inspector comes back up and inspects the place to make sure for sanitary and safety reasons that we’re able to give out food. But if you could look outside and (you) saw all the people, they’re like, ‘We need food now,'" she said.

Jackson says Albertson’s is ready to give meat to restock the shelves, but she can't accept until the freezer is fixed. And this time of year, freezer repair workers are slammed.

"We can’t go down like this. We won’t go down like this. I just need some help," Jackson said.