Faculty Advisor

Weathers, Pamela


The project was aimed at establishing measures that could be implemented to reduce food waste at the Stow Food Pantry. This goal was achieved by reviewing scientific studies, contacting food manufacturers, contacting food pantries in Massachusetts, and through surveys. Findings show that operations at the Stow Food Pantry can be efficiently streamlined to save volunteer time, and volunteers are willing to work more hours often at night so that more clients can be served. It was also determined that the date labels on canned foods do not necessarily convey food safety information, but show when the food is at its peak quality and freshness. Apart from baby formula, canned foods are indefinitely safe for consumption if they are kept within the proper temperatures and handled properly.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology