We have to be strict about this, for obvious reasons. Donated items that are past their use-by date will never be used in a food parcel. If you're having a kitchen clear-out, we ask that you only donate items that are at least two months short of their use-by date.
This soup, which we received in May 2019, was already out of date 21 years earlier! Naturally, it went straight in the bin after the photo was taken.