Jane Dagneau and Carol Nelson mix up bags of cereal at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Salmon Arm. Residents who celebrate the season with special feasts or parties are asked to share their leftovers that otherwise would go in the garbage with Second Harvest – using Food Safe precautions. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap residents invited to share their holiday feast leftovers

Support Second Harvest with FoodSafe prepared donations during the festive season

It’s that time of year where most people get to indulge – dinner parties, staff functions, holiday feasts. Not everyone is equally fortunate.

“If you sometimes have leftover food that you feel is a shame to waste and would like to donate it, please consider sharing with the Second Harvest Food Bank,” suggests Downtown Salmon Arm.

The Second Harvest Food Bank is a food program that serves up to 200 families a week and receives no government funding. Volunteers rely on the generous and thoughtful contributions from the community.

The Food Bank will gladly accept leftovers that have been properly handled as per Food Safe regulations.

If you have the time, portion out the food into servings for two adults. This can be done by securely wrapping in plastic wrap or using containers with lids. If you require containers in advance, this can be arranged.

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Diana Mangold, Second Harvest co-oordinator, will arrange for pick-up if you call her cell, 250-517-7200, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Second Harvest Food Bank will distribute the donated food during their regular operating hours.

Go online to www.shuswapsecondharvest.ca.

If you are going to take part in the program, know that the Food Donor Encouragement Act of BC relieves donors from any liability:

• A person who donates food, or who distributes donated food, to another person is not liable for damages resulting from injuries or death caused by the consumption of the food unless a) the food was adulterated, rotten or otherwise unfit for human consumption, and (b) in donating or distributing the food, the person intended to injure or to cause the death of any person who consumed the food or acted in reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Liability of director, agent, etc.

• A director, agent or employee of a corporation, or a volunteer who provides services or assistance to a corporation, that donates food or that distributes donated food is not liable for damages resulting from injuries or death caused by the consumption of the food unless (a) the food was adulterated, rotten or otherwise unfit for human consumption, and (b) in donating or distributing the food, the director, agent, employee or volunteer intended to injure or to cause the death of any person who consumed the food or acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others.


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