From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about the food she gets from the local food bank.
Aimee Sutton, in Sparks, wrote in saying that anytime she gets food from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the dairy is always so expired that it is absolutely useless. She said when she asks people who work for the food pantries, they only tell her that is what the food bank provides them. She wants some help figuring this out.
Joe checked with Angela Silva, who works the front desk for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She said they provide food for 132 food pantries in the area. They do not give out dairy products that are expired. However, Silva said it is up to the individual food pantry to make sure the food they are getting from the food bank has not expired. Sometimes, it may be within a day or two of the expiration date. The food bank will still give it out and it is up to the food pantry to make sure it is still good when its given out to the public.
The other issue is canned goods. Silva said canned food is generally safe for six months after the expiration date on the label, so keep that in mind. The date on those products is what they call a "best by" date, but you can give it another six months after that to open it up and eat, so you don't have to throw it away as soon as the date on the can passes.