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How to Donate Leftover Food

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how-to-donate-leftover-foodFeel even better this holiday season by donating leftover food to those who need it.

Instead of tossing out any leftover food, donate it to someone who would appreciate it more than you could ever know. It’s the season of big parties, family get-togethers, and cooking large meals. Our eyes are usually bigger than our stomachs and there always seems to be a huge amount of leftovers. Donate leftover food to a charity or food bank. It’s easy and you’ll feel great once you do it! Here are the best ways to donate your leftover food and really get into the holiday spirit!

donating-leftover-foodPlaces to Donate Food 

Thanksgiving and Christmas always involves making a huge amount of desserts, appetizers, and side dishes. At the end of the night when you are cleaning up, you put it all in plastic containers and it sits in your fridge. Instead, donate it! There are so many different places you can donate to and they will totally appreciate it. It’s the season of giving, so give the food to people who really need it. 

Food Pantries

In every city or town, there is a food pantry that would be able to benefit from your leftover Thanksgiving Day dinner. Many pantries will even come to pick up the leftover food after a party or event. Look online for the nearest food pantry near you. 

Homeless Shelters 

Especially if you live in a major city, you can find a homeless shelter to give to. Donating your leftover food would really help out during lunch or dinner time as homeless shelters feed people everyday, more than twice a day.

Various Charities 

Besides homeless shelters, other various charities would certainly accept your good deed such as a shelter for women and their children or a charity for troubled teens or addicts. Charities usually do not turn down food and you won’t believe how good you’ll feel when you do it! 


Nowadays, many restaurants donate the food they have leftover when they close down each night. See if you could donate to them so they could donate it like they usually do everyday. 

Call your local food bank and ask what the policies are for donating food. It is true that some states have certain regulations about donating food due to sanitation reasons. Donating canned and labeled foods is always welcome! Do you plan to donate leftover food this holiday season? 



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