It can be an uphill battle to help people understand the food is not only safe, but is still nutritious and tastes good, given all the advertising that tries to convince us otherwise so we’ll dump the “old” food and continue to buy more.
You play a critical role helping your clients understand that food from the Foodbank is not only safe to eat but also remains healthy and flavorful.
Food safety is of primary concern to Second Harvest Foodbank, to your agency and to the people you serve.
The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. The code dates on packages are for use at the supermarket and indicate how long the package should be displayed on the shelves.
These dates have very little to do with whether the food is safe to consume.
Some foods received by Second Harvest Foodbank are past date, almost always “sell by” or “use by” dates.
For canned foods, this means that the food is at its peak nutritional value and peak taste at that time, after which both decline at a very slow rate.
The term open dating refers to the “sell by,” “best by,” and “use by” date.