Breedlove meals to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico wait in limbo

Breedlove meals to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico wait in limbo

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In October, Lubbock's Breedlove Foods sent thousands of dehydrated meals to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico but they did not make it to the island. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's mission was to deliver 30 million meals as soon as possible. Bill Miller, CEO of non-profit Breedlove said it was offered a deal through Tribute Contracting that would assist FEMA with the delivery.

"We worked out a delivery schedule and that was basically 18 containers a day starting October 18th," Miller said. "One a day, each containing about 38-thousand meal servings and the total amount of contract was 1.8 million. "

But after Tribute failed to deliver 30 million 'self-heating' meals, FEMA terminated the contract. This left Breedlove with thousands of meals and no where to ship them.

"We shipped the first container on October 18th and we got a call from the logistics company driver and they said the FEMA agent had refused this shipment," Miller said. "No seals were broken on the container, we basically had done everything we were suppose to do under that contract." 

Breedlove produced enough food to fill four containers, which is about 140,000 meals. It is now stored in a warehouse. 

"I'm not really worried about our ability to re-utilize that product," Miller said. "We hope we can help re-utilize it and help the people of Puerto Rico." 

Financially, Miller said Breedlove will be able to bounce back.      

"We're looking at more opportunities like this," Miller said. "We are in very good shape financially, and again everything you do whether your non-profit, profit, there's risk in it, there's some kind of a risk." 

Miller said Breedlove has not filed a lawsuit against Tribute, but is still looking into options. As for the stored meals, It is sustainable for up to two years and Miller is hopeful Breedlove will find means to distribute them.

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