Best Before


A question we get asked a lot by community members bringing in food donations is, “is it OK that some of this is passed its expiry date?”

And the simple answer is yes!

Winnipeg Harvest closely follows Health Canada guidelines for how long food is safe to eat. In the case of most food, especially canned goods, the food remains safe to eat for months or even years beyond the best before date.

And if you’re concerned about donating food that you’re unsure is still good or not, there’s no need to worry about it because our incredible crew of Winnipeg Harvest volunteers checks every can, box and package of food before sortation. Each food donation is checked to make sure it is sealed and in safe condition to ensure it will be safe to share with all food banks.

This process is an important part of the process of ensuring dignity is represented and upheld for anyone who uses food banks. No person should have to eat food that isn’t sanitary or safe, whether they’re using a food bank or not.

It’s thanks to the incredible care of our community that Winnipeg Harvest relies almost entirely on donated food to share with food banks across Manitoba and you can rest assured that we’re doing our part to make sure as many people as possible are receiving the highest quality of food we can supply.

If you want more information on how to host a food drive in support of Winnipeg Harvest click here.

At this time Winnipeg Harvest is in serious need of a few particular items:

  • Canned protein including peanut butter, canned beans or chilli, and canned meat or fish
  • Fresh or canned fruit and vegetables
  • Canned soup or dry soup mix

Thank you for your support!