FEMA throws out $40 million worth of food

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FEMA throws out $40 million worth of food

Post by kman » Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:39 pm

Maybe this is where the recent flood of MREs on eBay is coming from:

From Neal Boortz's "Nealz Nuze": http://boortz.com/nuze/200704/04132007.html#fema

Remember when the doom and gloom crowd was predicting a record-setting hurricane season in 2006 because of global warming? It didn't happen. What a surprise.

Today we learn that FEMA had to throw out $40 million worth of food last year because they ran out of refrigerated warehouse space. What a waste of everything. That could have paid for quite a few empty house trailers and debit cards for "refugees" to spend.

So what happened? FEMA, stung by criticism that they didn't deliver supplies fast enough to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, put into position all this food in case another hurricane came along. It never happened....and so it all went to waste. Add this to the $900 million on trailers that were never used, the $1.8 billion spent on hotels and cruise ship rooms...well, the list goes on and on. Oh ... and don't forget the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ice FEMA stored in Florida last year. Senator Joe Lieberman called it a senseless waste of taxpayer money...no kidding.

And just where is the outrage against the global warming crowd that predicted the record hurricane season? Maybe we should charge them the $40 million for all the food that was thrown out.
Read the rest of Nealz Nuze

And here's another article that explains it a little more - definitely looks like MREs:

From: http://www.postchronicle.com/news/break ... 4738.shtml
Food Stored By FEMA Spoils

Apr 13, 2007

The officials said as many as 6 million meals stored near potential victims ahead of last hurricane season -- which turned out to be much calmer than in 2005 -- were spoiled when the agency ran out of warehouse and refrigeration space, The Washington Post reported Friday.

FEMA officials said the meals, commercial versions of the military's Meals Ready to Eat and designed to withstand desert and jungle climates, are being scavenged for still-edible portions and the rest discarded. The ruined meals are estimated to have been worth more than $40 million.

"We were so concerned over the failure of Katrina that we... probably bought more commodities and had on hand more than what otherwise might be the most prudent business choice," Coast Guard Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson, deputy director of FEMA, said to the Post. "Given the pressure to perform ... we didn't want to run any chance of running out."

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