Food Safety

Food Bank for Monterey County has received food safety certification from the AIB (American Institute of Baking, International), whose accreditations and audits are internationally recognized as the most stringent in the food industry.

We meet all of the standards set forth by AIB for the handling, storage and distribution of dry goods, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and frozen meats.”

The Food Bank for Monterey County receives food from Ag partners, retailers and wholesalers, as well as USDA commodities, and because of foodborne illnesses through the food system in recent years, many national vendors that produce food are looking to work with food banks with an AIB certification.

The Food Bank is proud of its nutritional policy and upholds the highest safety standards for the food we receive and distribute. We can accept donations that are fresh, refrigerated, dry or frozen.

For additional details:

  • Code Date Extension Guidelines
  • Damaged Can Evaluation Guidelines
  • General Food Donation Guidelines

Nutrition Policy

Food Bank for Monterey County Purchases (and encourages the donation of):

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Canned and frozen fruits (low in sugar)
  • Canned and frozen vegetables (low in salt)
  • Packaged meals and soups
  • Lean proteins
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Low fat milk (2% or less)
  • Water
  • 100% Juice (carbonated and non-carbonated)

FBMC Does Not Distribute:

  • Soda — diet and regular
  • All carbonated beverages (except water and 100% juice)
  • Juice — anything less than 100% juice
  • Alcohol Any item to mix with alcohol or that promotes alcohol
  • Energy drinks
  • Medical and vitamin supplements
  • Diet products that contain appetite suppressants