Dear Residents of Los Alamos County:
Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort, and store your donations of food and supplies during the 23rd annual National Food Drive sponsored by the Letter Carriers on Saturday, May 9th. All we need is your help to “Stamp Out Hunger”.
It may be surprising to learn that even in our well-off community there are dozens of families, many with young children or elderly, who need help, in addition to those in our neighboring communities.
In fact, 1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat. 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 on Saturday morning place it near your mailbox and soon your Letter Carrier, a Boy Scout or an adult leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored, and distributed by LA Cares.
Are your cupboards as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s? Then visit your local Smith’s Food and Drug Center in Los Alamos or White Rock on Saturday May 9th and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept your donations (one day only). If you’ll be out of town on May 9th, then you can leave donations year-round at the Aquatic Center or at Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.
Need some suggestions on what to donate?
Macaroni & cheese, 100 percent 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 percent 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!