Committed to Ending Childhood Hunger in Ionia and Montcalm Counties.


18620335_630094540521045_5341895938647194498_nThere is often confusion on food product dating. IM Kids 3rd Meal would like to share some key information on product dating with you.

  • A “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display a product for sale.
  •  A “Best-By” date is the last date recommended for the use for best flavor our quality. It is NOT a purchase or safety date though.
  • Product dates do not always refer to home storage and use after purchase.
  • The USDA states “Food banks, other charitable organizations, and consumers should evaluate the quality of the product prior to its distribution and consumption to determine whether there are noticeable changes in wholesomeness.”

At IM Kids 3rd Meal we take pride in sending out healthy meals to our kids, and we do not send items out after date without personally checking that the quality meets our high standards. For more information on product dating, you can go the the USDA website:


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