Donating food to your local food bank or soup kitchen is a great way to empty your pantry and help others. But keep in mind that just because it's technically food, it doesn't make it OK to donate absolutely anything. Generally, canned food that is unlabeled or has any rust on it is not OK to donate and should be tossed. Homemade food items, beverage mixes and soda should also be avoided. The most-wanted items include healthy foods like canned and boxed meals (think mac and cheese), pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, cooking oil and 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.