Donating food to your local food bank or soup kitchen is a great way to help others. But keep in mind that just because it's technically food doesn't make it OK to donate any unused item from your pantry. Generally, canned food that is unlabeled or has any rust on the can is not OK to donate and should be tossed in the trash. You should also avoid donating homemade food items, beverage mixes and soda. The most desired donations include foods like canned and boxed meals (think mac and cheese), pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, cooking oil and 100% fruit or vegetable juices that are canned, in plastic containers or boxed.
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