Reducing Food Waste
Many food labels display a code date to show consumers when to best use a food or what the shelf life is for that product. Because of the variety of code dates used, consumers are sometimes confused on how to interpret the dates. Use these publications to help understand code dating of foods.
- Date Labeling Toolkit - Institute of Food Technologists
- Meat Product Labeling and Marketing: What Do All Those Words Really Mean?
- What's on a Food Label?
- Food Product Dating: What Do Those Dates Mean?
- Food Storage and Shelf Life
- Food Labeling Fact Sheets
Salvaging Good Food
Food Pantries and Food Banks
While food pantries and food banks operate year around, they become especially important during the holidays. Food safety is important to give safe food to their consumers. Learn more from the resources below.
- Donating Safe and Nutritious Food to Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens - Kansas State University
- Keep it Fresh & Healthy: Safe Produce for Food Pantries - Michigan State University
- Food Pantries and Food Banks - North Carolina State University
- Food Safety for Food Pantry Donations - University of Maine
- Indiana's Emergency Food Resource Network
- Growing Together: Food Safety in Donation Gardens
- Top 13 Vegetables to Donate to Food Pantries
How to Evaluate Cans of Food for Safety