With Thanksgiving soon approaching, many organizations like the Boy and Girl Scouts are holding food drives for those in need. Whether you are participating in the Scouting for Food Drive or dropping off Food to your Local Food Bank, please remember to check food expiration dates and recalls before donating.
Most food banks prefer donated foods with shelf-lives of 3-6 months. Dried and canned foods are preferred as these foods have longer shelf life and better backaging. According to the Greater Boston Food Bank, foods like canned vegetables and fruits, non-perishable whole grains like oatmeal, canned lean protein, such as tuna, or canned or dried beans are preferred. In addition, the Food Bank welcomes shelf-stable, low-fat dairy products like dry milk or evaporated milk.
So please donate if you can and check those expiration dates before you give.