Monitor the safety of healthy foods the same way you monitor the safety of any other food. If necessary, remind donors that you are unable to accept spoiled or damaged food.
What you can do today
- Review basic food safety considerations for donations: USDA's Safe Food Pantries
- Get familiar with safety considerations for growers: Garden Gleaning: A Toolkit for Growers and Food Shelves
How Extension can help
Connect with the food safety team to answer your food safety questions: Food safety program team.
Food Product Dating — Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture — Review background information on questions such as, "Are dates required on food products?" and "Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?" English | español
Receiving Food Products — Minnesota Department of Health — Find out the expectations when receiving food products, including product quality, packaging, receiving temperatures, and more.
Reviewed in 2023