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Food Donations

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach appreciates and encourages food donations for the purpose of providing hunger relief in our community. Our policy is to accept, with gratitude, any food donation.  However, we reserve the right to discard any donation, which may be potentially harmful to the guests, volunteers, and staff of MTKO.

Although MTKO holds a non-profit status, and is not bound by all Health Department standards, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to the people we serve. The working poor and homeless are considered to be an at-risk population for compromised immune systems; therefore, they are more likely susceptible to food borne illness caused by the use of outdated or contaminated food.

In accordance with the “Who We Are” statement of MTKO “…to nourish & empower one another in a spirit of dignity & love” we ask that any food donation be made with serious consideration for the health and nutritious well-being of the individuals we serve. MTKO asks that you consider the following guidelines for food donations:

As a general rule, donate only food you would feel comfortable serving to yourself or your family.

  • Avoid donating any food past its expiration date.
  • Avoid donating any canned goods, which have been dented or show signs of rust.
  • Avoid donating any deer meat or hunted wild game (MTKO does not have the necessary resources to safely prepare this food).
  • Avoid donating any boxed, bagged or bottled foods, which have been previously opened, or taped shut.
  • Avoid donating any unwashed produce that shows signs of rot or mildew.

Potentially Hazardous foods include any food that consists in whole or in part of milk, or milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, cooked vegetables, or other ingredients, which are capable of supporting rapid and progressive growth of infectious and toxigenic microorganisms.

  • Potentially Hazardous food should be donated with the assured temperatures of 45° F or below for refrigerated items and 140° F or above for previously cooked items.
  • Potentially Hazardous food should be donated with the assurance that it has not been thawed at room temperature; rather, it has been thawed in a refrigerator.
  • Potentially Hazardous uncooked frozen food should be donated with the assurance that it has not been previously thawed and re-frozen.
  • Potentially Hazardous food should be donated with the assurance that it has not been previously heated, refrigerated, reheated and refrigerated again before being donated.

Whenever possible, food donations should be made when MTKO staff is present to accept the donation, Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Weekend donations should be called into the kitchen in advance to be sure someone is available to accept the donation.

Thank you for your help with making sure our donated food is safe.  If you have any questions, please contact Casey at or 402-817-0622.

Non-Discrimination Statement

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.”