Sometimes co-op shoppers bring food shelf donations from their home cupboards. This is fine, as long as you remember two important things:
1. The product must be in its original container, unopened.
2. Food can be no more than six months out of date. If it’s older than that, the food shelf has to dispose of it.
Whether you’ve brought it from home or bought it at the co-op, ask the cashier where to put your donation. Deb Ahlborg, our food shelf volunteer, picks up donations twice a month and brings them to Midway Food Shelf, located on University Avenue near Prior. She reports that donations have been down during the summer months, while the need continues unabated.