It appears more people are getting the message to always check the expiry date on the food item label before they donate it to the food bank at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.
Charlotte Redekop-Young, manager of emergency food at the Athens Street centre, said the number of food items coming in that are past their expiration date has fallen noticeably since the Hamilton Community News June 3 article that stated the food bank had been tossing out about 240 kilograms (529 pounds) of donated food each month, mostly canned goods that are expired or unsafe for consumption.
In June the food bank saw the amount of spoiled food drop to 134 kilograms (296 pounds).
“I have received a few phone calls that were referencing the article and they called and said ‘oh, I have these items and they probably passed (the expiry date)’ and they understand,” Redekop-Young said. “It’s providing awareness for sure.”
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre follows the Foodbanks Canada distribution guide that allows them to put on their shelves canned food that is past the best before date for up to one year.
The guide allows frozen items to be distributed for up to one year after their best before date and refrigerated products like milk up to two weeks after the best before date.
Food bank volunteers check the label of every food item and examine each jar of peanut butter that comes in and toss any jars where the seal under the lid has been broken.
Expired items received by the food bank have included a 1999 can of cream of chicken soup, a can of mushrooms from 1997, a 13-year-old box of chicken broth and a can of meat that was more than 25 years old that was starting to rust and ferment.
About 1,100 Mountain households use the food bank each month.
STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Hamilton Community News wanted to follow up on our June 3 article about expired food items coming into the food bank at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre to see if anything had changed.
Source : https://www.thespec.com/local-hamilton-mountain/life/2021/07/29/expired-food-donations-drops-noticeably-at-neighbour-to-neighbour-centre-on-hamilton-mountain.html384