Many of the items at the local food pantry are bought in bulk from a food bank, things like cases of peanut butter or canned peas.
Many other items are random donations that people cleaned out of their kitchen cupboards or bought a few extra for the food pantry, things like miscellaneous cans of soup or a few rolls of toilet paper.
And then there are the items in moderate quantities that mean some supermarket misjudged what customers would buy. Things like this:
About 90 families came through the food pantry tonight, and exactly 1 took any of this cake mix. That leaves a whole bunch of boxes left. I suspect they’ll languish on the shelves a while before they get discarded due to expiration date…