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Store healthy foods properly

Different types of foods have different storage requirements. It's especially important to store fresh produce in optimal conditions to preserve its flavor and quality.

What you can do today

Tips for success

  • Be sure to remove any spoiled food immediately. One spoiled item can cause food around it to spoil.
  • If your cold storage and hours of operation are limited, coordinate the timing and amount of your fresh food donations with your distribution so that food does not spoil before clients can take it.
  • If your turnover is slower than average, prioritize acquisition of produce and other fresh foods with relatively longer shelf lives.

How Extension can help

Connect with the food safety team to answer your food safety questions: Food safety program team

Find out more about promoting healthy eating at food shelves:

Download the complete document: Promoting healthy eating at food shelves (PDF).

Related resource

Be Food Safe United States Department of Agriculture — Reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Part of the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series. English | español

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