Plenty of well-intentioned people make the mistake of trying to donate alcohol to food banks, especially during the holiday season. Liquor of any kind is never accepted and is best left at the store or enjoyed in your own home.
Boxed Cake/Brownie Mixes
Another product that is accepted by food banks, but is not terribly useful to their clients, is cake mix. Boxed cake mix may be festive during the holiday season, but preparing it often requires so many other ingredients, like oil, eggs and butter, that it's just a not practical choice.
Finally, leave out of your donation bag any packages that have been opened by you (even if it was just that one time!), any with passed expiration dates, or those with expiration dates that aren't easily readable.
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