Event will run from November 12 until November 16!!

 

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Facts About the Greater Lansing Food Bank

  • 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization with the mission of feeding those who are hungry in 7 counties.
  • Providing support to local agencies such as shelters, food pantries, community kitchens, and neighborhood distribution sites.
  • Services provided by the Food Bank:
    • Emergency food orders
    • Weekend Survival Kits for school aged children
    • Fresh produce and non-perishable goods
    • Rescue of unused foods from restaurants and event centers
    • Support to home and community gardeners, which includes providing seeds, plant starts, tools, and volunteers for gleaning projects.
    • Mobile Food Pantries
    • Financial support to Human Service Agencies for the purchase of food

 

Food Safety and Donations at a Food Drive

  • Dents
    • All cans that go through the Greater Lansing Food Bank are inspected for damage by trained volunteers.
    • Even with these inspections You have the opportunity to inspect cans you are donating as well.
    • Look for these problems:
      • Severe dents on the side seam.
      • Sharp dents that are parallel to the rim of the can.
      • Sharp dents in the side of the can that prevents it from being stacked.
      • Buckled or pinched tops and/or bottoms.
      • Leaks from side seam, rim seam or punctures.
      • Bulges or puffed tops and/or bottoms.
      • Ends that give or flip and bulge when pushed with a finger.
      • Severe crease dents on the rim or on a side seam.
    • Minor dents to the sides or tops of cans do not harm the food inside the can. Stores will often donate these products.
    • Use common sense when handling donated foods. Cans that are leaking; bulging, badly dented or have an odor should be thrown out.
    • Remember…when in doubt throw it out!
  • Dates
    • “Sell-by” date – tells a store how long to display the product for sale. This is not necessarily a safety date.
    • “Best if used by” (or Before) – recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
    • “Use-by” – the last date recommended for use of the product while at peak quality. The manufacturer of the product has determined the date.
    • “Closed or Coded” dates – packing numbers for use by the manufacturer in tracking their products. This enables manufacturers to rotate their stock as well as locate their products in the event of a recall.

 

Donation Wish List

  • Most Needed
    • Beans, Canned: kidney, navy, pinto, pork & beans, refried
    • Fish, Canned: salmon, tuna
    • Fruit Juice, 100% (canned and boxed)
    • Canned fruit or vegetables
    • Meals, Boxed: Complete dinners, Helper & Pasta meals
    • Meats, Canned: beef stew, chili, hash, spam
    • Oil, Vegetable (bottled)
    • Pasta: macaroni, noodles (including ramen), spaghetti
    • Peanut Butter
    • Rice: instant and dinners
    • Potatoes, Instant
    • Soup (canned and boxed)
    • Snack Items: fruit snacks, granola bars, pop tarts
    • Tomato Products: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste
  • Other Food Items
    • Baby Food and Baby Formula: Enfamil and Prosobee brands
    • Beverages: hot chocolate, coffee, tea
    • Cereals (hot and cold)
    • Muffin and Pancake Mixes
    • Pasta, Canned: Beefaroni, ravioli, SpaghettiOs
    • Instant Pudding or jello
    • Snack Items: cookies (store-bought not home-made), crackers
    • Staples: flour, spices (basic), sugar, syrup
    • Stuffing
  • Unacceptable Items
    • Home-Canned or Home-Made Goods
    • Opened or Damaged Items
    • Fresh or Perishable Items
    • “Bad cans”, please see next page