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Mice prompt emergency inspection at food bank

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A three person team from Second Harvest did an emergency inspection at Cleone's Closet after a mouse was found in the small food bank on Monday. A three person team from Second Harvest did an emergency inspection at Cleone's Closet after a mouse was found in the small food bank on Monday.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Tuesday a three-person team from Second Harvest did an emergency inspection at Cleone's Closet after a mouse was found in the small food bank on Monday. 

Second Harvest inspectors gave the owner, Mable Dunbar, and volunteers a checklist of changes that need to be made before they can distribute food to them. 

The most urgent change was to seal the two entrance doors that had gaps of more than an inch.  Inspectors say the current gaps make it possible for rodents to get in.  

Black lights were used to inspect the pantry and other parts of the facility. The good news is they found no evidence of rodent activity on Tuesday.  Inspectors say the lights would've have certainly shown if there was evidence, so they determined a thorough cleaning was done between Monday and Tuesday. 

The food bank still needs to have all the equipment moved away from the walls including appliances and everything needs to be cleaned with a bleach mixture.  All food product packages also need to be wiped down. 

Since some of the food was issued by the government, Second Harvest had to relocate it until the food bank once again meets health and safety regulations. 

Dunbar says they will be able to get the work done by Friday so they can get up and running again.  "We just provided this service for the community because we care about the community," says Dunbar. 

Second Harvest will be back out on Friday to do another inspection.  They also plan to do unannounced spot visits in the future. 

In the meantime, clients will be directed to Airway Heights Baptist Church for food.  

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