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When the Food Bank Throws Away Donated Food

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It is painful for Food Bank of Northern Nevada volunteers to throw away donated food, but it's to keep their clients safe. Here are a few of the rules they follow when it comes to disposing food.

  • Food is thrown out that is six months or more past the expiration date
    • Baby food is the exception. All expired baby food is thrown away.
  • Labels with nutritional values must be attached
    • If there are items that do not have a nutritional label on individual wrapping, they must come in the original packaging 
  • Dents are okay unless there is a point
  • Homemade food is thrown away
  • Protective seal must be intact

Food Bank volunteers are trained to look for these warning signs of contamination and have to throw away food often if it does not meet their criteria. They are asking donors make sure what they donate is acceptable so they can streamline getting food out to the needy as quickly as possible.

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