Dealing With Leftover Halloween Candy? Donate It to American Troops and First Responders
Americans indulged their sweet tooth in a major way this Halloween, spending an estimated $76.05 per person on candy this season—much of it intended for front porch distribution. Rather than confronting a weepy child with an empty bowl because they bought too little, shoppers tend to buy in bulk. Come November, that can mean pounds of sugar-packed temptation still sitting in the house.
The good news: You can remove the risk to your waistline and do some good at the same time. A number of charitable organizations take leftover candy and send it to troops stationed overseas. Operation Gratitude has set up a number of drop-off centers around the country—you can search by zip code—to accept your extra treats. Once collected, they’ll send them to both troops and first responders. In past years, the group has collected more than 500,000 pounds of goodies.
Often, drop-off locations will be located in dental offices as a way of reminding everyone of the perils of tooth decay from excess sugar consumption. Some dentists even offer buy-back programs, paying as much as $1 for each pound returned.
If donating to a national program is proving difficult, you can always deliver the extra candy to local food pantries or homeless shelters.