Dear Residents of Los Alamos County:
Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help LA Cares to collect, sort, and store your donations of food and supplies during the Fall Scouting-for-Food Drive sponsored jointly by the Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112) and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday, Nov. 21.
One in 6 Americans struggle to get enough food to eat. Even in our affluent community there are dozens of families, many with young children or elderly, who need help and this is the mission of our local LA Cares food bank.
So what can you do to help?
Go to your pantry and fill a grocery bag (double it for strength) or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities.
Then by 10 a.m., Saturday morning place it near your mailbox and your Letter Carrier, a Boy Scout, or an adult BSA leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored, and distributed by LA Cares.
Are your cupboards bare? Then visit your local Smith’s in Los Alamos or White Rock on Saturday Nov. 21 (only) and a Cub Scout Den will be waiting to accept your donations.
If you’ll be out of town during the Food Drive, then you can simply drop off donations year-round at the Walkup Aquatic Center or at Los Alamos County Social Services (1505 15th St.) during regular business hours.
The following are suggestions for what to donate:
Macaroni & cheese, 100% juices in ½ gal plastic, canned fruits & vegetables, boxed mashed potatoes, low-fat/salt canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), low-sugar cereals, spaghetti sauce, noodles & other pasta, tuna & chicken helpers, hearty-style soups, beef stew, canned meals (e.g. spaghettios/Chef Boy R Dee), tomato products, sugar, flour, cooking oil, jelly/jam, peanut butter, canned beans & dried pinto beans, rice, powdered milk, coffee & teas, salad dressings, mayonnaise, crackers & cookies.
Especially for Kids: healthy school lunch items; small 100% juice boxes, granola bars, snack crackers, fruit cups, nuts, small puddings & jello, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and personal care products (bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes & toothpaste).
No diapers are needed at this time and please, NO GLASS containers !
Thank you for helping to fight hunger in our community.