Still have a bunch of leftover Halloween candy in the house that you don't know what to do with? Well, aside from eating it, here are some responsible ways to dispose of the candy! That is... if you don't plan on feasting on it for the next few weeks.
- Treats for Troops - An organization called Soldiers’ Angels handles Treats for Troops, sending leftover Halloween candy to military bases, VA hospitals, and guard and reserve units worldwide. You can find dropoff locations using their map.
- Halloween Candy Buy Back - A dentist’s office and a PTO teamed up with Move America Forward Halloween to start the candy buyback program. A local business registers a buyback event, where you can drop off candy and get an actual payout, usually $1 per pound, and the candy is sent in care packages to deployed military members.
- Operation Shoebox - This group sends care packages to deployed soldiers year-round and includes candy in each one. You can mail it directly to Operation Shoebox and get more information about the program here.
- Local Organizations - If you’re looking for a place closer to home, check with homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and retirement homes, which may be happy to take your candy stash off your hands.
- Service workers - Police and fire departments, as well as ambulance drivers, EMTs, and delivery drivers, might enjoy a sweet pick-me-up. Leave a bowl on the porch with a note for delivery people to help themselves and drop off candy to first responders at their stations.
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