Thieves struck in West Bridgford and stole items left out by a resident for The Friary centre charity collections carried out by Rushcliffe Borough Council.
A resident who lives in the Greythorn Drive area left a box out for collection on Sunday evening for the Monday collections.
The box contained tins of food, mainly vegetables but some meat, fish and fruit too.
The box has clearly marked The Friary.
Collections by the council start at around 7 am on a bin day, but between 2 am and 5 am the box had disappeared.
It may be worth waiting until the day of the collection rather than putting out boxes the previous day.
For a third year Rushcliffe residents are being asked to leave donations of non-perishable food and clothes out with their bin to help local homeless charity The Friary.
Last year local people donated an incredible 10 tonnes of goods that went directly to those in need who use their services.
Waste teams will collect the goods left on the edge of properties across the borough in line with collecting bins as usual from Monday, January 7 to Friday, January 11.