If you are planning to donate food the day after it was served, please refrigerate overnight or freeze for up to a week. Label all containers with the date they were first served. If you are donating food the same day (as most of our clients do), please refrigerate or have the food picked up after no more than two hours.
The basic rule of thumb is you should never donate foods that you would not want to eat yourself. We strive to provide as much agency and choice to our recipients as possible, and want them to feel that they are being provided with foods that they would choose to eat when shopping at the store.