Mice crawling around City Union Mission building leads to day of discarding food

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The clean up continues at the City Union Mission’s food warehouse. They’re hoping to fix this pesky problem.

It’s another busy day at the warehouse. Workers and volunteers are doing what they can to ensure the space is up to code.

“Obviously a difficult thing we’ve had to go through but important to make sure everything was right. That’s our desire,” said executive director Dan Doty.

The Kansas City Health Department temporarily closed the food warehouse after someone reported seeing mice crawling around the building. The shelter houses nearly 400 people every night, providing three meals a day. The food stored in the warehouse is in jeopardy.

“There are a number of things the health department said needed to be thrown away. They are still helping us sort it out. Keep this, can’t keep this. Some of the things are pretty subjective in ways,” he said.

Doty said even donations from reputable companies had to be thrown away because they weren’t labeled according to the health department standards. This is the first time in 90 years City Union Mission has had to face a problem like this.

“Out of the blue. It’s a shame,” he said. “We are moving forward with the help of Kansas City.”

Doty says this is a huge setback but they’ll continue serving the community the best they can.

The Kansas City Health Department say the investigation is still ongoing. The food warehouse will re-open as soon as health inspectors allow it.