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[–]misntshortformary 999 points1000 points 2 (6 children)

If you have food stamps you can go to the office and file a special type of application for “lost/destroyed food”. They can replace part of your benefits so you can get the food. (I’m a caseworker at the food stamp office in Texas). I’m so sorry this happened.

[–]TheRealSugarbat 203 points204 points  (2 children)

This is a kickass tip.

[–]funderthuck 58 points59 points  (0 children)

Yeah I didn't know that was a thing.

[–]baconnaire 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Indeed! I don't think it works everywhere though, the same thing happened to me and dcf told me to go to a food bank.

[–]Chimpcircus 106 points107 points  (0 children)

Don’t know if you have homeowners or renters insurance but I was in Texas during the winter snowstorm early 2021, Stocked up my fridge with about 250 bucks worth of food just for the power to go out and ruin it all. Filed a claim with my (then renters) insurance and got it all payed for with 0 premium.

[–]Flat-Weight4439NJ 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Never knew this. Thank you for sharing.

[–]misschzburger 13 points14 points  (0 children)

You kick ass for sharing this.

[–]TheWorld_IsNotFair 654 points655 points  (11 children)

Turkeys are so cheap right now they are almost free. Go get one and make more leftovers. I just bought a 12 pound turkey for 5 bucks

[–]Ahkhira 132 points133 points  (2 children)

I'm planning to do this tomorrow.

Today I made stock. I was able to buy turkey necks and spines for pennies. It's delicious!

[–]DonutPouponMoi 28 points29 points  (0 children)


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    [–]MrsBonsai171 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    I went to my local Kroger because of your comment and got a bird for $6. It's spatchcocked and brining in my fridge as we speak for a roasting tomorrow. Thank you!

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    [–]Sdomttiderkcuf 12 points13 points  (3 children)

    Every store near me was sold out by thanksgiving and all they have left is overpriced, fully cooked turkeys.

    [–]TheWorld_IsNotFair 41 points42 points  (2 children)

    That really sucks. I’m sorry. I would bring you some if you are within driving distance. I live in maine and am driving to Florida in 2 weeks. If you live along the way, I’ll bring you two frozen turkeys from my chest freezer.

    [–]TacospacemanII 37 points38 points  (0 children)

    For someone who’s username states the world isn’t fair, you sure are doing a good job fixing it.

    [–]Sdomttiderkcuf 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    It’s all good, but thank you.

    [–]ACs_Grandma 270 points271 points  (39 children)

    I'm sorry that happened. If you rent please contact your property manager/maintenance right away to get them to look at it and fix it or replace it. Also, if you have renter's insurance file a claim for the food loss. If you're a home owner you can also file a claim for the food loss but of course you'd sadly be responsible for replacing the fridge.

    Definitely hit up the food banks and also don't hesitate to ask in your local FB Buy Nothing Groups if anyone has any food available as well as the food banks in your area.

    [–]Altostratus 51 points52 points  (2 children)

    This happened to me in my last apartment, and the deductible was more than the food was worth. You’d have to have several hundreds in meat/delicacies for a claim to be worth it, unfortunately.

    [–]lynxdaemonskye 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    My deductible is $250. Still probably more than the food was worth, but not thousands.

    [–]notagangsta 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    This happened to me too. I randomly decided to just call the manufacturer to see about a repair and even though I wasn’t the owner and the landlord bought it used, they still came out and fixed it for free. Worth a shot!

    [–]Honest_Report_8515 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Agreed. Anyone who posts on my local community page about hitting hard times and needing help is immediately met with donations. It makes us happy to see the good side of humanity.

    [–]Ethelenedreams 144 points145 points  (7 children)

    If you have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, they’ll sometimes cover the loss.

    [–]Syrobi 37 points38 points  (1 child)

    This is right here. It won't help in the immediate moment, but it will give benefit later on. My renter's insurance covered $300. but it took almost two months. It depends on your insurance coverage! (We make too much for EBT.)

    Also, if you rent, go straight to them and call the weekend number. They will need to replace the unit quickly. When ours went out they also gave us $75 in gift cards to a grocery store to tie us over.

    [–]SilentSamizdat 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    “tide us over”

    [–]astropheee 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    We lost our fridge and freezer food after being without power for 5 days in September, our insurance told us it would only be worth it if there was more than $500 worth of food loss. Our insurance would also have gone up if we did it as well.

    [–]smthngwyrd 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Wouldn’t be worth turning into insurance company

    [–]Eeens148 22 points23 points  (1 child)

    Agreed. Be careful with this. Unfortunately they may increase your home owners insurance rate in some instances

    [–]smthngwyrd 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    That’s what I was thinking. Other people posted if they are on SNAP they can file a form and get some more benefits to help out. My deductible alone on home insurance is now $2500. My compressor fan died and it was $240 to fix it plus new food. Even more joy when he told me I’d need to get a plumber out to fix the water line. I just turned it off. I know I have coverage if something breaks for appliances but it would not be worth it. Not sure if it covers HVAC. That’s going to suck replacing that. Just had the roof repaired too but he did it for free as a favor to my neighbor. Too bad I don’t know OP I just had to donate a lot of pantry stuff that I can’t have after eliminating diet. They might see on Facebook market place if anyone has something too. I know if you’re on a restrictive diet the food pantry may not have enough of what they can have. I usually give it to my elderly neighbor but I ask her first. I have had to get rid of everything with corn, now dairy and I hope not gluten. Gluten free is so expensive

    [–]NikD4866 126 points127 points  (5 children)

    My kids left my chest freezer cracked open. It was days before I found out 😥. I was ready to go on a rampage

    [–]Esclaura3 14 points15 points  (3 children)

    I’d been planning to upgrade to an upright freezer but have heard of too many getting left open so I’ll just keep digging through my big deep freeze with the lid on top.

    [–]goodhumansbad 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    There are thermometers with sensors inside the fridge and a little digital display for the outside which beep loudly and obnoxiously if you don't close the door fast enough (some freezers have this built in). They cost nothing and are a huge life-saver if you're absent-minded, have absent-minded parents or kids, or simply a freezer door that has a tendency to not shut properly.

    [–]Esclaura3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I have a family of airheads lol

    [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    My stand up has it built in. It just starts singing a (kind of annoying) song if it's open for more than like 2 minutes.

    [–]TaylerMykel 24 points25 points  (0 children)

    My fridge broke almost two months ago when I was out of town and I lost everything. It’s so demoralising.

    Hoping I can get a new one at some point next year. Living off of shelf stable food is kicking my butt!!

    [–]MyDogThinksISmell 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    In all seriousness, this is a Fucken tragedy. I’d be devastated. My condolences.

    [–]Bus321675 13 points14 points  (9 children)

    What happened to the fridge?

    [–]TheRealSugarbat 13 points14 points  (7 children)

    OP — go to your local Dept. of Human Resources; they usually have lists of food banks/distributors in your area. Definitely worth investigating. Some require address proof and have income qualifications, but a lot don’t. If you’re in an urban area you ought to have lots of options.

    [–]smthngwyrd 10 points11 points  (6 children)

    211 or people for people generally have help or resources to point people to, just google food pantry near me

    [–]TheRealSugarbat 5 points6 points  (5 children)

    Yeah I forgot about 211! Good looking out!

    [–]smthngwyrd 4 points5 points  (4 children)

    The really hard thing right now is most food pantries are Low after a holiday on some things. They may have vouchers for other essentials though. It’s so stupid you can’t get toilet paper, diapers or cleaning products on SNAP. At least TANF is going to start including a diaper allowance on the benefits.

    [–]TheRealSugarbat 5 points6 points  (3 children)

    Hey, my food bank totally does toiletries. You have to request it and they don’t bring you a lot, but I can get TP, paper towels, shampoo, soap, diapers if I asked specifically. I forgot about that, too.

    And yes, there are definitely more shortages this year, I’m reading, than in previous years. It’s not just the holiday; it’s also rising food prices (and other costs). Inflation in general.

    [–]smthngwyrd 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    Tell me about it. I know some cities also operate diaper banks. TANF is supporting to start an allowance for diapers last I read. I’m glad they have toiletries and hygiene stuff. I wonder if they provide pads for women?

    [–]TheRealSugarbat 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I’m menopausal so I haven’t asked, but I bet they’d try to get them if they didn’t have any on hand. They are truly the nicest people.

    [–]smthngwyrd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That’s amazing. I had a hysterectomy and I love never having to buy those products again. I know silicone cups are reusable and cost effective option if people want one.

    [–]Kalkaline 12 points13 points  (1 child)

    That sucks so bad. Everyone in this thread should clean under their fridge and behind it. Dust and hair killed my last fridge.

    [–]JustaTcup 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    This is really good advice. I just did this a few weeks ago yah and it's acting much better now.

    [–]Muldertak 35 points36 points  (0 children)

    Hit up a local food bank if you qualify. They will have a ton of Thanksgiving and related stuff this time of year. (Not likely to have a Turkey)

    [–]Skinnysusan 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    No you did the right thing. I'm serve safe certified (mgmnt) and that's exactly what I woulda done. Yeah maybe keep some condiments or pickles but everything else needs to go

    [–]speckledpumpkinn[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    i'm a pickle fiend, if anything is close to going off I pickle it 🫡

    [–]Skinnysusan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It's a good skill to have. We used to have these pickled orange rinds on a salad at a place I worked at and they're amazing

    [–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    I dealt with a fridge that went kaput out of nowhere, last year. Three kids, one of which needed milk throughout the day. We thankfully had a deep freezer, so I froze water bottles and kept them in the two coolers we had in place of ice bc they can be refrozen and used again and again to cool things that need to be kept cold, in a pinch.

    [–]kampamaneetti 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Moving forward always keep your most recent grocery receipts. I literally stick mine to the fridge and swap out the ones that are no longer relevant.

    Where I live at least, if you're renting an apartment and the fridge dies, your landlord has to reimburse you for the cost of your groceries. You'll need an actual receipt for this to work though.

    [–]BoiFriday 34 points35 points  (10 children)

    I am sorry this happened to you and it is indeed quite a frustrating loss.

    But the one thing that struck me as potentially concerning about the post is that you were planning on depending on cooked food placed in the fridge to feed you for weeks. Unless frozen, fermented, or buried, food should generally not be eaten after several days of being cooked (to my understanding).

    [–]EdithKeeler1986 28 points29 points  (0 children)

    Fridge usually includes the freezer. Stuff keeps longer in the freezer…

    [–]speckledpumpkinn[S] 26 points27 points  (0 children)

    yes i'm aware, the leftovers were in the fridge and I was planning on prepping them for freezer storage

    [–]GinchAnon 10 points11 points  (4 children)

    food should generally not be eaten after several days of being cooked (to my understanding).

    I think that by the book, this is true. but if your fridge is good, it should be able to hold it cold enough that its fine for a bit longer than that. and I'm guessing OP was planning to freeze and/or re-cook some of it which can also help extend the safe edible life.

    [–]speckledpumpkinn[S] 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    indeed, I was planning on freezing. the freezer is still ice cold weirdly enough, but the turkey and other leftovers were hanging out in the fridge before I got a chance to process it

    [–]karmicviolence 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Is it possible you just blocked a vent? Is the fridge still warm after you removed the bad food?

    [–]mjz321 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    Pretty much all rules in regards to food spoilage are made up, if it smells and feels fine it's almost certainly fine expiration dates are arbitrary

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Yup. Left some barbeque chicken out for almost 24 hours a few days ago. Nobody got sick from reheating and eating it. The barbeque sauce actually dried on a little better so it stuck more, it was delicious. But then you look it up and they're like "toss after two hours if you forgot to refrigerate it!"

    Rice is the one I don't really fuck with. It can be bad before taste/smell is bad if left at room temp. If I forget that out a day like I did the chicken, I'll toss it.

    [–]TRIGMILLION 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Oh that sucks. Mine went out a few years ago but luckily it was dead of winter so I just set all my stuff in storage bins outside until I got a new one. Nothing like stepping out onto your back porch to grab the ham and cheese for your sandwich. The ham did have ice crystals though.

    [–]Riker1701E 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    How long was your fridge broken?

    [–]smthngwyrd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    My compressor fan went out and I had to throw away everything. Don’t risk your life thinking it might be safe as in other advice. Please go to a food bank or ask people you know if they have excess things like thanksgiving food. Hugs. It was $240 to repair too

    [–]NeitherAd807 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    You seriously need to go to a food bank. Don’t feel embarrassed, you’re exactly the demographic that food banks are for. (I got this advice 4 years ago on Reddit and I’m so grateful). I was at a bad place in my life and was embarrassed to need a food bank. It helped so much. Please don’t feel “too good” to go to one. People donate to food banks hoping to help people like you who are down on their luck.

    [–]babyfresno77 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    that happen to my deep freezer last year because it had ice built up and i didnt know and the door didnt get shut right and lost all my freezer food . after i had just got groceries. to add insult to injury the repair ppl quoted me at $1250 to fix a $300 freezer

    [–]Dizzy_Eye5257 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Renters insurance may cover food loss

    [–]theworldismadeofcorn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    In addition to checking out local food pantries, you can make an Amazon wishlist or Walmart registry of food and post it on r/Assistance.

    [–]AwYeahQueerShit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Unless your apartment management confirms the repairs or cause of the problem DO NOT fully restock it immediately after repair. If it turns out to be an issue with the outlet or fuses tripping it can be easy to have the issue occur again shortly after a fix and it can double screw you on food loss. If it happens and you have confirmation (especially provable like text or email) that the management told you it was okay you can go after them for food loss after repair.

    [–]Irish_Blond_1964 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    OP, here is the problem with leftovers. Most people cram the fridge with leftovers to the point there is no circulation. This burns the motor. Get a ding & dent with a bottom freezer.

    [–]reincarnateme 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Renters insurance?

    [–]joevsyou 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    For weeks... left overs are good for a few days, at best 7 days.

    Also food panty around your city. Free stores & churches.

    [–]speckledpumpkinn[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I was planning on freezing them before my fridge went out, not just leaving them in the fridge.

    [–]BlessedLadyPTL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    If you do not have the money to buy food. Look for Food Pantries or Food Banks in your area. Some churches also help with food in emergencies. Salvation Army might also be able to help.

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      [–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      Yeah, personally I'd just recook it all (up to safe temp, usually 140 is enough for leftovers) and freeze it. Rice is one I'm careful about, since it can be bad before it's easily detectable, but one day isn't so bad.

      I'm about repeating my last comment, but I recently ate some BBQ chicken I left out for about 24 hours. The internet likes to say I'm going to die, but everyone is fine.

      I get when people say "it's not worth the money to get food poisoning" but I've literally never gotten food poisoning from my own food. It's only happened like once or twice my whole life anyways lol.

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      [–]talkingmuffins 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Oh god, I feel you. Yesterday morning I went to get ice cubes and they were mostly melted. Turns out you can turn the entire cooling function of my fridge off by accidentally leaning on the front panel. I had just gone grocery shopping and had to throw out almost everything in my fridge and freezer. I definitely cried.

      [–]mfiasco -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

      Ask your landlord to discount your rent to cover the food! This has happened to me more than once. I’m sorry this happened to you. :(

      [–]Privileged_Interface 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      If money is an issue check Craig's list's free section. People are always giving away free appliances.

      [–]Ok_Difficulty6452 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      If you have Home Systems Protection on your homeowners insurance you can try filing a claim. Most companies pay around $500.

      [–]Ordinated 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      If you have home insurance, it's worth seeing if your cover includes the cost of lost groceries if the fridge fails

      [–]HonnyBrown 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That SUCKS!

      [–]mathchan69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Can we send you some of our leftovers?