We’re all guilty of it. When it’s time to donate to the food bank, we go to our shelves and pull off some items without giving the expiration date much thought.ย But one food bank was stunned after a mystery donor left a 47-year-old tin can of soup.

The workers at the Cardiffย Foodbank posted a picture of antique can of Heinz kidney soup to Twitter. The photo showed a price tag with 10d stamped it. The can is thought to be about 46 or 47 years old, dating to at least before 1971 when Britain adopted a decimal system for their currency. Heinz hasn’t even made kidney soup in 35 years.

It’s believed that the soup canย ended up at the food bank after a donor cleaned out a home in the area โ€” a common occurrence.

A Cardiff Foodbank employee took to twitter and wrote, “It’s a record!! Never had a donation with 10d on before!”

While no longer edible, the soup can might end up being a boon for the charity. They’ve had a potential offer of ยฃ500 to sell it. At the very least, the unusual donation has drawn attention to the food bank, which receives no public funding, and could lead to more donations.

And ideally, those peopleย will have now learned their lesson and will look at their food item’s expiration date before donating.




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. Sheโ€™s thrown away just as many meals as sheโ€™s proud of.