Food Rescue


Food Rescue is a partnership with grocers statewide that provides an opportunity for The Idaho Foodbank to quickly distribute nutritious and often perishable food to our neighbors in need, while also preventing unnecessary waste.

It’s a win-win-win collaboration that makes sense for businesses, the environment, and hunger relief efforts.Food Rescue

How it works:

Participating stores donate high-quality, nutritious food items that have been pulled from inventory as they near their sell-by dates, but are still safe to eat. Fresh, perishable food such as meat, produce, bread, dairy and non-perishable items such as canned vegetables and cereal are ‘rescued’ on a daily basis by the Foodbank’s drivers, volunteers and our fleet of refrigerated trucks.

The food is then redistributed through our network of food pantries, soup kitchen and shelters. The Food Rescue program provides enough food for millions of meals every year, and is an important source for donated perishable food that is so important for a healthy diet.

The Product Dating and Shelf Life Guidelines should be used as a guide to provide an approximation of shelf life after the code date. Always visibly inspect food products prior to use.

Product Dating Shelf File
Idaho Foodbank Product Dating and Shelf File Guidelines Updated 1/19/2022 (PDF)