Food Recalls

Food Bank of Central New York and Feeding America are committed to the health and food safety of the communities we serve. We provide detailed guidelines that must be met and maintained by all partner agencies to ensure safe storage and handling of food at the agency level.

Food manufacturers recall their products when products are mislabeled or when food may present a health hazard to consumers because food is contaminated or has caused a foodborne illness outbreak. 

Partner agencies may sign up for free email notifications or visit to stay informed about all current recalls.

Food Bank Recall Process

Food Bank of Central New York reviews food recall notices issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Feeding America.

If a recalled product was distributed to our partner agencies, the agencies will be notified of the recall by email and/or phone. The product will also be removed and blocked from the Food Bank inventory. If the recalled product is found at the agency, partner agencies are asked to take the following action:

  • Do not eat the product
  • Dispose of the product carefully
  • Do not provide the product to others
  • Do not puncture or otherwise open cans
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap after handling the product

Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act encourages the donation of and grocery products to 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations for distribution for needy individuals. Click here to view the Good Samaritan Act.