No Amount of Produce is Too Big
Donate Surplus Garden Produce
OR TOO SMALL!
Food pantries are supported by donations of food and/or money from individuals, organizations, businesses, fundraising activities, and food drives.
Cash donations allow the food pantry to buy food items by the case at a much lower price than retail.
Food pantries CANNOT accept food that has not been prepared in a licensed facility, such as canned, frozen or dried products prepared at home.
Food donations can be from local gardens, community gardens, farm fresh eggs, wild game, beef, pork, fish, retail stores and wholesale food manufacturers.
Garden produce: Please do not wash or clean garden produce. Doing so invites bacteria to grow. Instead, donate your produce after harvesting as soon as possible, in the condition it is in before washing. It is a good idea to contact your local food pantry to let them know that you’re bringing in produce and how much, especially if it’s a large amount.
Wild game, beef or pork: Food pantries CAN accept wild game, beef or pork if it has been processed in a licensed facility. If the product has been processed at home, at least one of the individuals processing must have a current food handler’s card. To obtain a card is an easy process and can be done online. They’re good for 2 years and the process offers basic up to date food safety requirements. If you would like to donate game, beef or pork, contact your local food pantry for details.
Non-perishable canned and boxed items (shelf stable): Baby food & formula, prepared pancake or biscuit mixes cannot be used after the ‘use by’, ‘sell by’, or ‘best by’ dates. Canned and boxed food that IS past its date may be acceptable to some food pantries and not to others. If you are not sure about the food you wish to donate, check with your food pantry for advice.
For information pertaining to the law in Washington state regarading this matter, please go to: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=69.80.031
Non food items: Most food pantries will also accept non food donations such as pet food, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry soap, etc.
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