After many requests from our community and to take steps to reduce food waste, food donations are now welcome on GEEV!
What foods are allowed on GEEV and what foods aren't?
Our main rule is if you'd eat it, then you can donate it.
However, for hygienic reasons and to respect current rules and regulations, there are certain foods that we cannot accept on GEEV.
The following food items are not allowed on GEEV:
- Expired food (i.e. if the expiration date has already passed-- usually indicated by an "Expiration date" or "Use by date"
Any cream-filled pastries that require refrigeration, Chantilly cream
Shellfish, crustaceans and oysters
Any unwrapped fish products that require refrigeration
Refrigerated unwrapped meats
Refrigerated ground beef (pre-packaged or not)
Refrigerated giblets (pre-packaged or not)
Stuffing or stuffed refrigerated products (pre-packaged or not)
The GEEV team reserves the right to refuse any food-related ad that offers any food that looks rotten or unfit for consumption.
The following foods are allowed on GEEV: (not an exhaustive list)
- Food that is still good to eat
- Items that have passed their Best Before date
- these items are not dangerous to eat, the best before date simply indicates that the item may have lost some of its flavour or nutritional value.
- Frozen products (that have not been thawed and frozen again)
It's really important to respect the cold chain when transporting and conserving food, particularly frozen foods (see here for more info). Never re-freeze something that you have already thawed, for example. If you have any doubts about the quality of a product, don't eat it!
- Homemade products that do not contain any of our prohibited ingredients
- Products that have already been opened (not including those on our prohibited list))
You can also find these items on GEEV:
- Yummy homemade meals that one of our Geevers made too much of!
- Fresh products in their original packaging (meat, cheese)
- Pasta, rice and other dry food
- Canned foods whose date has not expired
- Boxed food (flour, sugar, baby formula, etc.)
- Cakes that do not contain patisserie cream
If you have doubts about the quality of a food item, don't eat it.
If you have suspicions about a donation, don't hesitate to flag it. You can also check out the Geever's history (their rating, number of donations, etc.). This will help ease your concerns.