The Food Bank for Larimer County accepts donated food, including shelf-stable items such as canned and dry goods as well as dairy, meat, bakery items and fresh produce. We adhere to strict food safety guidelines for the food that we accept. Our staff is trained to pay close attention to date codes, especially with refrigerated products. Most of the dates on the food we distribute are not expiration dates – they are “best if used by” or “sell by” dates. This means the product is wholesome beyond the date on the product.
Donated items can be dropped off at the Food Bank, 1301 Blue Spruce Dr., from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday.
What we can safely accept
- Whole, fresh produce.
- Cut fresh produce packed separately in food-grade packaging.
- Prepared foods chilled to 41˚F maximum that have not been served or placed on a buffet.
- Chilled perishable packaged foods such as juice and cheese in their original packaging.
- Meat, poultry, chilled to 41˚F maximum or frozen.
- Dairy products 41˚F maximum to expiration date.
- Shelled eggs.
- Frozen foods in original packaging.
- Baked goods (day-old bread, bagels, and other bakery items).
- Canned and packaged goods in original packaging.
- Wild game processed and packaged in a USDA approved facility.
What we cannot accept
- Foods that have been served or put on a buffet table.
- Foods that have been previously reheated.
- Foods that have been kept in the danger temperature zone for more than 2 hours.
- Foods with damaged or compromised packaging, resulting in the loss of a sanitary barrier protection.
- Any food containing alcohol.
- Produce with significant decay.
- Frozen foods with severe freezer burn.
- Sushi or any seafood intended for raw consumption.
- Open, punctured, bulging or seriously damaged canned goods.
- Home canned or home jarred products.