Mail Carriers And Scouts Collecting Non-perishable Food Items Across Community Saturday

LA CARES News:

Saturday, Nov. 22, the local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops will continue a partnership started in 1996 by collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the LA Cares food pantry.

Donations may be placed by your mailbox for pick-up by either your letter carrier during mail delivery or by a Boy Scout group early in the day.  Members of the Scouting community will also be in front of both Smiths stores, handing out suggestion lists and accepting donations. Items may also be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road anytime during the afternoon. 

Cares is local, I00 percent volunteer, 501(c)3 organization, which provides boxes of food to an average of 85 Los Alamos resident families each month. As cold weather settles in, the number of requests for food assistance typically increases, and this year is no exception. This semi-annual food drive plays major role in keeping the shelves filled throughout the winter and early spring.

Items needed include canned vegetables, tomato products, all types of beans, soups, and fruits. Non-sugared cereals and 100 percent fruit juices are always in demand, as are rice, pasta and sauces/helpers. Canned tuna, chicken and beef stew are a good source of protein, as are dried beans and peanut butter.  Macaroni and cheese and granola bars are always welcome. Don’t forget baby foods and diaper wipes along with dry pet food, personal hygiene items, laundry and dish soaps, and paper goods (especially toilet paper)  NON-perishable donated items should be in unbreakable containers and not be out-dated, please. 

LA Cares truly appreciates the generosity of the Los Alamos County residents in supporting the efforts of the NALC and Scouts to help the next six months be a bit easier for those members of our community who need assistance feeding their families. Happy holidays to all!

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