BURLINGTON, Vt. — An overnight refrigeration issue has forced a Vermont co-op to donate almost all of its food.

City Market Director of Community Engagement Alison Hope tells the Burlington Free Press the refrigerators at their South End store suffered a malfunction overnight Wednesday, one of the coldest nights of the year.

She says the malfunction caused refrigerator temperatures to rise above the Department of Health’s mandate of 40 degrees.

The issue caused a four-hour delay in opening the Burlington store Thursday. Hope says staff used the time to donate nearly all of the goods at the store to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Hope says the store’s insurance should cover the cost of the malfunction, which has yet to be determined. Meanwhile, the store should be fully stocked by Friday.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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