Canned Food Month 2020

Did you know that February is Canned Food Month? If not, no worries. Now you do! And we are here to give you all the information you would need to know about canned foods.

If you’ve ever been part of a food drive at your office or at your church, you know the need for canned items at the food bank. Canned goods are ALWAYS in stock at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Nearly half of the warehouse inventory at one time is a shelf-stable, canned food item.

Canned food can get a bad rap, but it’s possible to eat canned foods and eat healthy. They are also a food bank’s best friend due to its stability and afforability. Still not convinced? Here are 4 quick facts about canned food that just might change your mind:

  1. Canned fruits and vegetables are canned at peak of harvest and packed at peak of nutrient value.
  2. Canned food maintains its nutrition and flavor for more than two years as long as the can is not damaged.
  3. The process of canning was first developed in the late 18th Century upon Emperor Napolean Bonaparte’s desire to keep armies fed on the battlefield. Nicholas Apert was the first to develop the canning technique by preserving food in glass bottles.
  4. Food does not spoil in cans because sufficient heat is applied to food which destroys microorganisms, then it is sealed in airtight containers to prevent any microorganisms from entering the can. Different foods require different processing times.

Canned foods are great for cooking when you’re in a pinch or want to keep items on hand to cut down on cook time. They make perfect additions to recipes, and they truly are a food bank’s best friend. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all month long as we share the importance of canned goods, why they are staple items and the benefits they can bring to the pantry.