Food drives are popular during the holiday season, but the best way to help local food banks may be providing cash. That’s because a sizable portion of donated food must be thrown out due to high salt content, expiration date, or poor nutritional value. There are exceptions. Mother Nature Network suggests that canned beans, dry beans, peanut butter, rolled oats, canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium, canned tuna in water, canned chicken and brown rice are all acceptable donations.
This video, from the TruTV series, Adam Ruins Everything, argues for ditching the food donation drive in favor of giving cash.