Waste Not, Want Not

Labor Dispute
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Deliveries of food items to Kroger stores usually come in through the back door. This time, they were leaving that way. With a strike that closed those stores Monday showing no signs of being settled, the stores are doing their best to keep thousands of dollars worth of food from spoiling.

While Kroger may see this as making the best of a bad situation, it's something that not only benefits local charities, but also benefits the stores.

"The product will be put to good use. It won't perish, and be destroyed. It will be used by people who need the product," says Jamie Sprague, manager.

Those clients include the old man rivers mission in south Parkersburg. In the afternoon, it received dairy, produce and bakery products from the seventh street store, as well as meat products from the south side store.

"I knew the product they put out would go to waste, and it's things the community could use, and it's really nice to help families that are in need," says Kim Ward, a mission worker.

And it isn't just food banks, which will get the store's items.

"The flowers, we're going to give to nursing homes. We're going to give pumpkins to the schools so the children can use them for Halloween. Anything that's perishable, we're trying to move out as soon as possible," says Jamie.

Just as loyal Kroger customers hope this dispute will end as soon as possible, the next shipment of goods to charities is scheduled for Friday.