As many as 6 million prepared meals stockpiled near potential victims of the 2006 hurricane season spoiled in the Gulf Coast heat last summer when the Federal Emergency Management Agency ran short of warehouse and refrigeration space, according to agency officials.
In all, hundreds of truckloads of food worth more than $40 million are being thrown away or scavenged for unspoiled contents to be offered to domestic hunger-relief groups, FEMA officials said. Most of the meals were commercial versions of the military’s Meals Ready to Eat, which were ruined despite being engineered to withstand the demands of desert and jungle climates.
And I’ll wager that the same folks giving us reports of piles of unused relief supplies today are going to be giving us reports of unused relief supplies a month from now and explain to us how too many MREs were sent or something.
The problem at the time was that relief convoys couldn’t get into New Orleans and were stacking up outside the city.
It took the MREs longer to spoil than I expected…