Boy Scouts Ready To Accept Donations For Community Food Drive Nov. 22

By Bill Blumenthal
Northern New Mexico District – Boy Scouts of America
Food Drive Coordinator
By Terry Jones
National Association of Letter Carriers – 4112
Food Drive Coordinator

Dear Residents of Los Alamos County:

Your local Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) and the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts of Los Alamos County are geared up to help LA Cares Food Bank by collecting, sorting, and storing your donations of food and supplies during the Fall Community Food Drive Saturday, Nov. 22.   

Did you know that there are dozens of families, many with young children or elderly, who need help to put enough nutritious food on the table every day? So what can you do to help?

Remember to fill a bag or box with non-perishable food stuffs and supplies (see list below), then leave it by your mailbox by 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Soon your Letter Carrier or a Boy Scout or adult Scout Leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted and stored by LA Cares. LA Cares relies on these donations for their monthly distributions.

Is your cupboard as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s? Then visit your local Smith’s Food and Drug Center in Los Alamos or White Rock where a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept your donations Saturday, Nov. 22 only. If you’re out of town during the Food Drive, then you can leave non-perishable donations year-round at the Aquatic Center or the Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th St. during regular business hours.

Need ideas on what to donate? Here are some suggestions:

Macaroni andcheese, 100 percent juices in half gallon plastic, canned fruits and vegetables, boxed mashed potatoes, low-fat/salt canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), low-sugar cereals, spaghetti sauce, noodles and other pasta, tuna and 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 and dried pinto beans, rice, powdered milk, coffee and teas, salad dressings, mayonnaise, crackers and cookies. Especially for Kids: healthy school lunch items; small 100 percent juice boxes, granola bars, snack crackers, fruit cups, nuts, small puddings and jello, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and personal care products (bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes and toothpaste). No diapers are needed at this time and please remember NO GLASS containers!

Thank you for helping to battle hunger in our community.

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