Who Donated This 46-Year-Old Can of Soup to a Food Bank?

published Oct 11, 2017
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What do the consistently brilliant Amy Poehler, reformed Funky Buncher Mark Wahlberg, and a can of Heinz Ready-to-Eat Kidney Soup have in common? They were all born in 1971. But only one of them was put in a cardboard box with some other outdated canned goods and given to a Welsh food bank — and no, it wasn’t Marky Mark.

The staff members at the Cardiff Food Bank in Cardiff, Wales were beyond surprised when they examined their donations and discovered that someone had gifted them a 46-year-old can of soup, along with some equally ancient Green Giant sweet corn and Del Monte carrots.

The soup was so old that the discolored price tag on the lid said “10d,” a reference to the United Kingdom’s old monetary system of pounds, shillings, and pence. (There were 12 pence in one shilling; 10d meant 10 pence). That system was abandoned on February 15, 1971, so that can of Kidney Soup is at least 46 years old. (And unlike Poehler and Wahlberg, it totally looks its age).

Helen Bull, the food bank’s fundraising manager, told the BBC that it was the oldest donation that the food bank had ever received. “People’s hearts are in the right place,” she said. “Unfortunately when they are clearing out cupboards they do not always check the dates.”

Even Heinz was shocked to see that a can of that soup was still in existence. “Wow! That soup was discontinued over 35 years ago,” the company tweeted. “Should be in a museum rather than a food bank!”

Although Bull said that she “absolutely” would not eat the soup, she did open the can of corn, which is believed to be from 1982. “Oooh, there’s a very strong metallic smell to that sweet corn,” she said, visibly recoiling. “That is not something I would recommend that anybody eat.”

It’s probably not something that should be donated, either — except maybe to the closest available trash can.