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Tom Callan, KSL NewsradioThe Letter Carrier Food Drive is set for a week from Saturday. While they would appreciate anything you can give, they won't take everything in your kitchen cupboard.
Executive Director of the Utah Food Bank, Jim Pugh, says up to five percent of their donations are so spoiled or old that they have to throw them out. He says, "We definitely want to get away from people thinking 'That wheat stored in my basement for 50 years ... I'm going to donate that to the food bank.'"
He says they will accept cans of fruit or vegetables that are past the expiration date, but if it's six months or a year past the date the item should be thrown out.
He says it can cost $500 or $600 to get a dumpster to toss out spoiled goods.