Is it safe to donate expired food?

No matter the source, safety tips are the same for any foods you choose

Some foods that grocery stores, restaurants, and other retailers weren’t able to sell are donated to charity – for example, when a product’s “sell-by” date has passed.  Food manufacturers also may donate or sell some products that are near or past the expiration date.  Some of these various foods also may end up being sold, at discount prices, in surplus grocery stores, food-salvage stores, or other bargain outlets.

An expired sell-by date, for example, doesn’t necessarily mean that a food has gone bad or is unsafe.  Donating this food often keeps good food from being wasted and provides nutrition to those you need it the most.

USDA Food Products Dating Information

Prevent waste: Learn how and when to keep your foods

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