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Food pantries prepared as recalls popup across the country

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 17:23:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — People across the country have been asked to check their fridge for food recalls, but what about food pantries?

Food pantries rely on donations. When a food recall happens, like last week's listeria concerns over Target salads and sandwiches, the food gets dumped which means they can help fewer people.

We spoke with Second Harvest of the Big Bend, who says for the most part they can stay afloat because of the amount of donations they typically get. But the discarded food does add up and just Monday morning, there was another recall for Ragu.

"We got that alert this morning and that will be circulated to our team and posted in the warehouse so that our volunteers who are sorting the food and we will be pulling those if we find any contaminated product," said Shari Hubbard, with Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

The pantry says they do "mock recalls" a couple times a year to make sure that they're always pulling the right products at the right time.

And they are always accepting donations from the public.