One of 880 boxes of fresh produce SafeHaven Now donated during the LR Community Backpack Drive

Food Education

I think it is fair to say we have all felt the impact at the grocery store. In September the Consumer Price Index for food was up 4.5 percent from a year ago. Prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs soared 10.5 percent. So here is some information about food you may already have at home that can help you.

Dates on products does not mean that it is always bad. Most canned goods have 18 months of freshness still available after their dates with the exception of canned meats and that one is only 12 months. Baking ingredients such as flour, corn meal, and pancake mixes are good for another 6 additional months. Keep in mind that all baby food/juices, oatmeal, baking powder dry yeast, and supplement drinks has NO date extension. And those refrigerated meat products really will be up to you. Take into consideration the temperature, packaging, smelling and looking at the product and making a wise decision if it is safe or not.

So before throwing out items that you haven’t gotten around to eating yet, look at the different ways to put that food to use. Here are a few options.

  1. Find a new recipe that includes the item.
  2. Ask family or a neighbor if they would use it.
  3. Offer it to someone homeless.
  4. Place it in a local blessing box.
  5. Donate it to a local pantry

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