Donating, Distributing and Receiving Safe Food

A list of resources for food pantries, people making donations, and pantry clients

Donating, distributing and receiving food that is safe and wholesome is everyone’s goal. Do you know which foods can and can’t be donated? Do you know which red flags mean food must be rejected? Do you know how to prepare and to store food, so it is safe to eat?

Please note:

Always contact the site directly if interested in donating. All donated food must be sealed or non-opened, safe to eat. Prepared food and meals must be from a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen.

Here are refresher food safety tips for those in every step of food sharing.

For People Making Donations

8 Tips for Donating Food to Food Banks and Pantries from UNH Extension

https://extension.unh.edu/resource/8-tips-donating-food-food-banks-and-pantries

Do You Know the Four Home Food Safety Basics and Beyond? from UNH Extension

https://extension.unh.edu/blog/do-you-know-four-home-food-safety-basics-and-beyond

Share the Harvest - Hunt for the Hungry

https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/hunt-for-hungry.html

Federal Law: The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

https://www.foodtodonate.com/legal-liabilities

 

For Clients Taking Home Pantry Food

Tips for Visiting a Food Pantry from South Dakota Extension

https://extension.sdstate.edu/tips-visiting-food-pantry

Do You Know the Four Home Food Safety Basics and Beyond? from UNH Extension

https://extension.unh.edu/blog/do-you-know-four-home-food-safety-basics-and-beyond

 

For Pantry Staff

COVID-19 Guidance for Food Pantries - Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services

https://www.nashuanh.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17986/20200316---COVID-19-Guidance-for-Food-Pantries?bidId=

Food Safety in Your Food Pantry from University of Wisconsin- Madison Extension

https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/safehealthypantries/step-2-strategies/food-safety-in-your-pantry/

Food Safety Food Pantries and Food Banks Presentations from North Carolina State University Extension

https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/community-food-safety-resources/food-pantries-and-food-banks/

Comprehensive Guidelines for Food Recovery Programs from the Conference for Food Protection

http://www.foodprotect.org/media/guide/Food-Recovery-Final2007.pdf

Federal Law: The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

https://www.foodtodonate.com/legal-liabilities

 

 

 

 

Author(s)

Mary Choate
Food Safety Field Specialist
Assoc Field Specialist
Phone: 603-787-6944
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Sara Oberle
Nutrition Connections Teacher
Extension Program Mgr
Phone: (603) 749-2529
Office: Youth and Family, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824