Power Outage at Grocery Store Leads to Thousands of Dollars' Worth of Food for the Needy

A power outage at a local grocery store led to thousands of dollars' worth of food for the needy in our area only a few days after Thanksgiving.

The power outage occurred Monday around 4:15 a.m. at Weavers Way, a cooperative grocery store on the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia. Workers then spent the day moving the store’s perishable items into storage units and a warehouse in Nicetown. They also donated frozen food and other products to local food pantries.

“We immediately got on the phone with our friends at Philabundance and they got on the phone with their friends who have food pantries,” said Weavers Way General Manager Joe Roesser. “Basically, a dozen people dropped everything to come over here and get what we had before it went bad.”

The food and products were sent to several organizations and churches, including Face to Face Germantown, Food Cupboard (Loaves and Fishes) at Jenkintown United Methodist Church, and 2 Fish 5 Loaves Food Ministry at Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church in West Oak Lane. In a press release, Roesser estimated the store donated $6,000 to $7,000 worth of food to the organizations.


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