Canned goods that need a can opener, or any foods that require special equipment to make, are not recommended as food donations. They can easily shatter in transport, and food banks often cannot distribute them for safety reasons. Baby formulas, and baby foods in breakable glass jars, aren't recommended for donation to food banks, Delish reports. It might seem like a caring gesture to gift homemade foods for your local food drive, but food banks can't accept any foods that aren't commercially packaged. VEAP relies on donations of all sizes to feed families and individuals in our community. Surplus food can occur in your business for a wide range of reasons and we are here to help when it does. FareShare’s Guidance on Wild Game. Easy-to-open canned items with pop-up pull tabs are a better choice. We will not share your data with any other organisations. Donate food or supplies at any of our three locations in Greenville, Columbia, and Florence. Please note, we may be able to accept food if it has passed its best-before date, if the manufacturer can guarantee that the product will still be acceptable to the consumer and that texture and flavour have not been unacceptably compromised. "Food bank volunteers try to put together food boxes that include food staples, and will add extra ingredients to help round out the box," Villarreal says. Stock below MLOR (48 hours minimum life on receipt by FareShare), Stock past BBE subject to manufacturer’s extension letter, Retailer branded food – authorisations from major retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Asda, Chilled food, such as ready meals or drinks, Frozen food, or chilled food that has been blast frozen, Ambient goods, such as pasta, tins and cereals, Food that has been warmed or prepared, such as buffet or event food. It might seem like a caring gesture to gift homemade foods for your local food drive, but food banks can't accept any foods that aren't commercially packaged. Donations under 500lbs in Philadelphia-Request a pickup via Food Connect-Food Connect will reach out to you directly to schedule the pickup. Donations are gratefully accepted Monday - Friday from 8 am - 3 pm. However, we recommend calling or emailing the pantry ahead of time to be sure their days/hours of operation have not changed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept home-canned or jarred products, including homemade baby food; cans without labels (donations must be in their original packaging); opened products; or deer meat unless it is processed by a licensed processor. Dented, rusted, or damaged packaging means that the food inside might be spoiled, notes Delish. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. In order to guide your giving efforts in the most helpful direction possible, here are 12 items you should not donate to your local food pantry this holiday season. Glass packaging is breakable, so food banks prefer less fragile donations. Whether you donate time, funds, or food, this is an important time of year to focus on the value of serving others. If so, then you are on the right track. Contactless drop off will be available at our location 650 Pennsylvania Dr. Exton in the Eagleview Corporate Center. Baby formulas also expire quickly. Food banks normally work with support from the public, who donate non-perishable food at a range of places such as schools, churches and local businesses, as well as supermarket collection points. FareShare Bites is our email newsletter. Any foods that can spoil easily, or require refrigeration, might not work for your local food bank. Bulk foods require repackaging in order to distribute, and most food banks don't have the resources to repackage bulk items for the families that they serve. There is no need to make an appointment. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. By signing up to our newsletter, you agree to receive regular emails from FareShare around once a month, and occasional fundraising appeal emails.