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Food bank limits distribution to dry goods for now

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Structural engineers are scheduled to be on site Thursday at the Second Harvest Food Bank, looking for clues in the collapse of a freezer roof. Right now, the food bank is unable to provide frozen food after the roof caved on a million pounds of food Monday night.

Electricians have been on sight securing any loose wires and the food bank has already been working with the city applying for permits to rebuild.

An insurance representative came out to evaluate the damage and recommended the food bank take note of everything.

 "We know that's what we need to do is inventory," said Operations Manager Eric Thompson. "He told us to make sure we are documenting our inventory and that our inventory is correct, what we damage and the things we have on hand."

This is the only distributor in Coastal Georgia providing food for nearly 300 organizations. Until employees can go through all of the inventory, they are only offering canned and packaged goods.

"It's sad, I know a lot of people are going to be hurting at least this week for sure," said Alphonso Wright of Trinity Missionary Baptist Temple.  

Wright is the food bank director at the church in Hinesville. He comes here once a month to stock up on nearly two thousand pounds of food.

 "We really need to be able to get the things we need," said Wright.  

They usually stock up on a variety of goods but after the roof collapsed on the food bank's freezer, Second Harvest put a freeze on its frozen items. They are limiting organizations on what they can get.

 "[We're limited to] mostly canned goods and dry goods like rice and grits," said Wright.  

Nearly 1 million pounds of food was stored in the affected freezer. What crews were able to salvage, now sits in temporary freezers until they can sort through all of it making sure it is safe to eat.

With the holidays coming up many folks are wondering if they will be short on food.

 "The turkeys were unbelievable," said Thompson. "They were in the back of the freezer but they were rock hard frozen so we should be good. "I don't think we should have a problem with that when it comes time."  

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