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Nutrition and Food Safety Resources
Food Pantry Best Practices Guide
With the help of member food pantries, the Food Bank has created a “Best Practices” guide to help food pantries serve their clients effectively. The guide includes information on recruiting volunteers, managing finances, and getting the support of the local community. Feel free to copy the guide and share with your pantry workers.
Member agencies are responsible for providing safe and nutritious food to people in need. Check out the resources below for important food safety issues. Do you have rusty cans? Foods that are past the date?
Click here to learn when to keep food and when to throw away food.
Confused by “Best by”, “Sell by” and “Pull by” dates on food? Understanding Container Dates
Your essential guide to storing food the right way. Ten Food Storage Guidelines
Does your agency cook meals? Food Safety in the Kitchen
Food safety training for food pantries
Click here if you would like a handwashing poster to hang by your sink.
The Food Bank issues information on federal and state level food recalls through its agency list serv and this website. Please check back often for food recall updates.
Client Choice Materials
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is proud to present our Client Choice handbook and video. Client choice pantries allow clients to choose the foods they receive as opposed to the pre-packed method where each client receives a standard bag of food packed by volunteers in advance, regardless of client preferences or dietary restrictions. Client Choice not only respects the dignity of clients, it also prevents food waste, saves money and helps build positive connections between clients and volunteers.
Mandatory TEFAP Civil Rights Training
TEFAP mandates that all staff/volunteers that have direct contact with Quest and/or handle confidential information are required to receive training on an annual basis.
Simply print out the Training presentation and present to your staff/volunteers and have them sign the training log sheet once training has been completed. The training log sheet must be kept on site for 3 years and will be confirmed during bi-annual site visits that the training is being completed annually.
Also as a requirement, any TEFAP product that needs to be disposed of for any reason, needs to be reported on the TEFAP Loss Report, this too needs to be kept on site for 3 years and will be confirmed during Bi-Annual Site Visits.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vickie Steck, Agency Services & Compliance Coordinator at (607) 796-6061, ext. 4016 or by email at email@example.com