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My family and I will be moving out of the country and as
much as I'm trying to use up what we've got in the kitchen,
I'm sure that I will have many pantry items left over. I'm
looking for a place or organization that will accept these
pantry items, dry goods, spices, cans goods, etc. While the
cans will be unopened, I'll have a combination of spices,
dry goods, and cooking oils that will be unopened and
opened. I'd rather not toss stuff out or have to ask
numerous friends if their interested; instead I would
prefer to give to an organization that is in need of such
items. I'm not sure if a food bank would accept opened
items. Any recommendations?
You could try posting to freecycle.org. I'm enrolled in the
Oakland group and people have posted and given away items
such a opened jars of vitamins, past due contact lenses, and
even cooked chicken meat! In my experience, food banks will
not take opened or expired items. V Li
We just moved and uncovered the stash of ''emergency
food''. I was looking at it and it is all ''best if used
before 2008''. Any ideas on what to do with all this
food? Couple boxes worth
Also, what do people do? Do you rotate the food
occasionally? Just leave it there and assume it'll be
good enough in an emergency? other?
wondering what to do...
if you food is dated 2008, you probably cannot donate it
to a shelter.
However -with all the hungry homeless people in the bay
area, believe me a hungry person will not CARE about the
You can post it free on Craig's List or freecycle (and
leave it outside your door after you find someone) and I
guarantee you it will all be gone as soon as you do that.
A couple of years ago I hit on a system for earthquake supplies:
1 - I rotate them every spring & fall. I have separate bins for food that needs
to be rotated every 6 months, & for stuff that lasts a year or more, so if it's
Spring, I don't have to even go into the 1-year bin. If they have a longer shelf
life, like beans, I mark an expiry date on the can.
2 - I made a shopping list for what foods to get at Trader Joe's & the regular
market so come Equinox time, I print out the list & go.
3 - I get foods that my family eats on a very regular basis, so that when it
comes out of the earthquake bin it goes straight into my pantry. Also, I figure
the last thing we need if there's been a big earthquake is to deal with eating
foods we're unfamiliar with. I go heavy on the snack food, & don't forget a
bottle of screw-top wine.
4 - if the food is expired it goes in the green bin. If it's not, it either goes into
the pantry or into the food donation bin at the front of the Berkeley Bowl.
5 - I keep all the food (& my camping supplies) in lock-top plastic bins in a
shed in the back yard.
Fall Equinox, comin' up!
I can't take credit for this great idea, but I'm happy to pass it along... Once
a year (say Christmastime) buy enough food to re-stock your emergency
stash, then donate your old stuff (before it's expired) to your local food
bank. You can't go far without bumping into one of the collection barrels,
so it should be fairly easy to remember. You could potentially do this
every 2 years, but I just think it's a nice tradition.
Regarding your 2008 expired food, my opinion is to ditch it. My sister
moved recently and unintentionally left me with a bunch of expired food
from her pantry. Let me just say that there's a reason for those ''best by''
dates. Two years past the date is too long!
We have an exceptionally productive meyer lemon tree. We can't
possibly use all the lemons. Is there a place in the Berkeley
area where I can donate these tasty lemons
How nice of you to donate your lemons! I know that Phoenix
Pastifico on Shattuck Ave., a couple of blocks north of
University, makes fabulous Meyer Lemon pasta. I haven't been
there in awhile, but in the past they used to have signs
offering to buy Meyer lemons from folks who had them. The
owner, Eric, is a wonderful guy, so you could know your lemons
were going to a good cause!
fellow lemon lover
You can give those lemons to 'Pasta Pastificio (sp?)' - they
make fresh lemon pasta and the BEST olive bread in the Bay Area.
I think they trade product for meyer lemons. They are on
Shattuck between Virginia and Francisco.
Try Phoenix Pastificio (on Shattuck near Delaware in Berkeley) to donate -or sell-
your meyer lemons.
north berkeley mom
This is not a donation, but.... In the past, Pasta Pacifico (on
Shattuck between Delaware and Francisco) had a sign in their
window that they would *buy* meyer lemons... Otherwise, I'm sure
my church could make great use of them if you wanted to donate
them!! If so you can email me at email@example.com
I also have a very productive meyer lemon tree. I'm not sure
about donating but I posted an ad on craigslist saying I had a
box full of free lemons. I left them on our front steps and an
hour later they were gone. I later got an email from the guy who
picked them up thanking me. I'm not sure what he did with them
but he seemed happy to get them. This is always a quick easy
option if you can't find anywhere to donate.
I don't know about donating your lemons (although I'm sure
there's a good way to do that), but several years ago when a
friend of mine had a bumper crop of figs, she called Chez
Panisse. They asked her if she did anything to the tree
(pesticides, etc.) When she told them she didn't, they said to
bring them by, which she did. They bought them from her on the
I don't know if they are still taking them, but the Phoenix
Pastificio restaurant/store in Berkeley (1786 Shattuck, near
Delaware; 510-883-0783) was looking for meyer lemons a while
back, even to buy or trade. They use them in their pastas and
The Temescal Amity Works will take (maybe even harvest) your
lemons, and give them away to neighborhood merchants and
residents. Their website is www.amityworks.org.
Phoenix Pastaria on Shattuck Ave. often is looking for meyer
lemons. They are sometimes over-inundated with them, so give them
a call and see if they're looking for Meyer lemons before going
Call Pasta Pacifico (sp?) on Shattuck about one and a half
blocks north of Hearst, on the west side of the street. They
make exquisite fresh pasta and their lemon pasta is wonderful.
(mmmmm) I've heard that they love getting unsprayed home grown
Berkeley meyer lemons. Perhaps they would do a trade?
- appreciative pasta lover
To donate to charity, see http://www.villageharvest.org.
Apparently they are working on getting volunteers in the east bay
to pick donated fruit as well.
we are moving to hawaii and have to leave a ton of food - mostly
opened condiments- vinegar, spices, lots of bulk foods like
rice, various grains. Is there anywhere that we can donate this
food? food bank wont take opened food but seems like a real
shame to throw away hundreds of dollars of good food while some
go hungry. thanks
Try contacting Oakland Potluck. I know they accept prepared
foods, produce, etc. They might either take your food, or
refer you to someone who does.
Can anyone reccomend a place to donate canned food?
I collect donated canned food for Project Open Hand which
provides the HIV/AIDS community with bags of groceries and cooked
meals. You could drop off the cans with them in Berkeley or if
you are closer to me, drop them off in El Sobrante and I'll
My church, St.Alban's, will accept canned food because we
give it to institutions asking for food donations or to people
who come by. The church is at 1501 Washington Ave. in
Albany near Curtis St., one block from Solano. If the office is
closed, you can leave the cans near the door and they'll be
brought in the next day.
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