Make sure you check out freecycle.org, this site is pretty amazing. I was turned on to it when a friend asked me to help him carry a big screen TV up to his apartment, one that he got absolutely free. Freecycle keeps stuff out of the landfill, so please give it a shot. Even if no one has posted the item you are looking for, you can add a request to the list. One thing that seems a little weird are the offers of half-eaten food items, personally I would just pass those by, America is full of whack jobs.