Donating food to your local food bank or soup kitchen is a great way to get rid of unexpired food and help others. But keep in mind that just because it's food, it doesn't make it OK to donate just anything. Generally, unlabeled or rusty cans should be tossed in the trash. Homemade food items, beverage mixes and soda should be avoided, too. Food banks' most-wanted items include healthy foods like canned and boxed meals, pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, cooking oil and 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.