Packing produce for donation

Guidelines for growers

  • If you have leafy herbs or greens, clip and weigh them as close to donation time as possible.

  • Refrigerate in a clean baggie with a dry paper towel until you drop them off or donate them.

  • Label the baggie with the name of the crop and the weight/count.

  • Don’t mix types of produce in the baggie.

  • Make sure the food bank or pantry accepts produce. These pantries  accept produce.

  • Don’t harvest when you’re sick, and wash your hands before harvesting.

  • Only donate high quality and freshly picked produce – no overripe, molding, bruised, insect-damaged or spoiled fruits or veggies.

  • Wipe off mud/dirt, but don’t rinse the produce – that can remove a protective coating and cause the produce to spoiler sooner. The pantries/banks rinse all donated produce.

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