Slight preface: I’m Jewish, but secular at best. So I know “how things work” in some ways, but still have questions from my own perspective.
That said, one aspect of Passover has always confused me: I understand that Chametz (aka: leavened food/bread and such) is forbidden on Passover and must be removed from the home. And I understand that in many communities, Chametz is burned. And I further understand that Chametz may be sold to a non-Jew as well to unburden the original owner of the Chametz.
But why then isn’t the Chametz routinely donated to a charity—such as a non-Jewish charity—to help feed others? Wouldn’t donating the food to those in need be seen as a Mitzvah since the food would help the poor and needy?