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. But one food bank was stunned after a mystery donor left a 47-year-old tin can of soup.
It’s a record!! Never had a donation with 10d on before! Please could we remind everyone that food donated needs to be in date! Thank you 🙂 pic.twitter.com/EVf5qMulA6
— Cardiff Foodbank (@CardiffFoodbank) October 5, 2017
The workers at the Cardiff 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 can ended up at the food bank after a donor cleaned out a home in the area — 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 £500 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 people will have now learned their lesson and will look at their food item’s expiration date before donating.