What would you do with food that is left in the cabinets?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team 93383

I just listed a house that is now a part of an estate.  There was food left in the cabinets that is unopened and bought recently.   Canned veggies and fruits, oil, sugar, spices, spaghetti noodles, jars of Spaghetti Sauce(unopened).. The executrix of the estate wants me to clean it out.

Do you think it is alright to give it to a food pantry, or church or salvation army to distribute to other that may be hungry.  I hate to just throw it away. 

What would you do?

Ginger of Southport

Comments (15)

June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Let me help you with the next phase of your life!

If I had permission I would give it to the Food Pantry, CareNet or what ever your local charity has named it. 

Jul 22, 2009 08:43 AM
Judi Boad


I would donate the food as well. There are many community organizations that would be grateful for the contribution!

Jul 22, 2009 08:43 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Ginger, if it's unopened and you have permission to get rid of it, I would give it away as well.  Why waste it if it could help someone?

Jul 22, 2009 08:46 AM
Duane Murphy
Expert Real Estate Partners LLC - Appleton, WI
Broker- Owner-Real Estate -

I have donated with permission in the past. I usually make sure to tell the agency to check it over good but that is normally protocol anyways!

Jul 22, 2009 08:47 AM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

I would give it to the food bank. they should be happy to get a donation. They are down right now-Dinah Lee

Jul 22, 2009 08:52 AM
Marcy Eastham
Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon - Corvallis, OR

I would donate to our local food bank as well.  Their supplies are generally down this time of year, and particularly in this economy, any donation is appreciated.  If the executrix wants you to clean it out, you have permission to donate.

Jul 22, 2009 08:57 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Donating it to a worthy organization seems to be a great way to handle this.

Jul 22, 2009 08:57 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I would definitely donate to the local homeless shelter (so many homeless children) in the name of the homeowner (deceased).  The donated foods is so far down in the past year or so.

Jul 22, 2009 08:58 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

If the house is vacant and there is canned goods, I think its a great idea to donate the goods.

Jul 22, 2009 04:31 PM
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Suburban - Cary, IL
SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL

I would absolutely see if I could donate the food.  There are so many people who would be appreciative of that.  I recently talked to and estate sale expert and was told they can sell everything but the liquor at the estate sales here in Illinois.

Jul 23, 2009 01:09 AM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

The verdict is in - dontate to a needy charity to feed the unfortunate.  thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jul 23, 2009 08:41 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

The owner of the property is going with my recommendations.   I will be giving it to Salvation Army and getting a tax credit for them..


Jul 23, 2009 01:41 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

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Happy Saturday!

Oct 15, 2011 07:28 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Ginger, Russel sent me over.  I would definitely send it to a food shelf.  There is too much waste in this country.

Oct 15, 2011 07:42 AM
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Donate it! I had a friend who worked at a hotel as a housekeeper. All the rooms had kitchens and they were instructed to throw out all the food, foil, etc every time they cleaned the rooms. He would give it to his friends instead...

Oct 15, 2011 03:04 PM

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