non·​per·​ish·​able | \ ˌnän-ˈper-i-shə-bəl How to pronounce nonperishable (audio) , -ˈpe-ri- \

Definition of nonperishable

: processed or packaged to withstand prolonged storage : not perishable nonperishable staples … canned vegetables, boxed cereals and other nonperishable packaged foods.— Frank D. Roylance

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Other Words from nonperishable

nonperishable noun, plural nonperishables
Cod was also the original traveling food—dried and salted, it was one of the world's first nonperishables — Molly Benjamin

Examples of nonperishable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of using its regular system for buying and distributing food, which typically handles nonperishable items in bulk, the USDA awarded contracts to private distributors. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest," 22 May 2020 Oregon experts recommend that a basic disaster kit have nonperishable food, water and supplies for 14 days for each member of the family who is hunkering down in the home. oregonlive, "How to prepare for a possible coronavirus quarantine at home," 26 Feb. 2020 Until the supply chain catches up to the demand seen at grocery stores, Family Sharing is asking for local residents to help out by donating specific nonperishable food products. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With more families struggling, Ozaukee County food pantries in high demand with a short supply," 1 Apr. 2020 Many, including Catholic Charities, Family Violence Prevention Services, San Antonio Pets Alive and St. Vincent de Paul, don’t have enough nonperishable food, bottled water, baby formula, hand sanitizer or paper towels., "Want to help? Here’s how to help people and organizations hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic," 21 Mar. 2020 According to the Tennessean, the modern version of a food pantry resembles a supermarket, and aims to offer fresh and nonperishable items. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley Have Opened a Grocery Store Where Everything Is Free," 18 Mar. 2020 Keep an emergency supply kit with water and nonperishable food. Rachel Swan,, "PG&E outages set for Saturday. When will power come back on?," 26 Oct. 2019 Bring your nonperishable, unexpired food items to the Pacific Islander Festival Association and San Diego Food Bank’s third annual food drive. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do this weekend: Adams Avenue Street Fair, Pacific Islander Festival, ArtWalk Carlsbad and more," 20 Sep. 2019 The Dullnigs loaded their rental car with nonperishable items before leaving Florida for the more than 1,000-mile trip home. Mike Joseph,, "Vassar College’s Dawson Dullnig, a TMI-Episcopal product, tastes thrill of first victory then agony of no season," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nonperishable

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonperishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonperishable

: able to be stored for a long time before being eaten or used


non·​per·​ish·​able | \ ˌnän-ˈper-i-shə-bəl \

Kids Definition of nonperishable

: able to be stored for a long time without spoiling nonperishable food items

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