Food Gets Tossed as Thousands Remain Without Power

The freezer at Thirsty’s in Cadillac was filled with food just days ago.

No power meant having to throw it away, and they are not the only ones to do so.

The widespread power outages in Northern Michigan have affected residents like Shawnda Littlebear, who also had to throw away food.

“I am pretty upset about that because I think the ribs went bad well they thawed out and no way to cook them,” she says. “I think what’s more upsetting is it’s summer break and I have grandkids and the baby’s not able to get milk.”

No electricity meant thousands of dollars of Thirsty’s product in the trash, but the store’s Co-Owner Bob Sake says some of it was able to be given away.

“It’s just the cost of doing business you run into catastrophe throughout your business life,” he says. “You’re upset because you had to lose money but buckle down and try to keep going forward.”

Those without power are struggling to keep food cold, and losing power from the storm took away hard earned money for groceries.

Kathryn Dickson also had to empty her fridge.

“I just bought $220 in groceries I wasn’t happy about that,” she says. “It is frustrating, yes, but we’re just thankful we haven’t heard of anybody getting hurt or anyone losing their life and we all know that’s the most important.”

We have a list of what the USDA says to do with your food when you lose power.

You can find that list here.