Boy Scouts to take food donations

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The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts of Los Alamos County are geared up to help the Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) and LA Cares to collect, sort and store your donations of food and supplies during the Community Food Drive Saturday.
Surprisingly, even in our well-off community there are tens of families, many with young children and elderly, who need help to combat the relentless scourge of hunger. So what can you do to help?
Go to your pantry and fill a bag or box with non-perishable food stuffs and supplies. Leave by your front door and then on Saturday morning place it by your mailbox. Soon your letter carrier, Boy Scout, or adult leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored and distributed by LA Cares.
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 and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept your donations on Saturday only. If you will be out of town for the Food Drive, then you can leave donations year-round at the Aquatic Center and Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.
Need some ideas on what to donate ? Here are some suggestions: macaroni and cheese, 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 Boyardee), 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 and crackers and cookies.
Especially for kids: healthy school lunch items, such as small 100 percent juice boxes, granola bars, snack crackers, fruit cups, nuts, snack packs of pudding and jello. Also welcome are paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent and personal care products (bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste). No diapers are needed at this time and no glass containers.
Thank you for helping to “Stamp Out Hunger!” in our community.
Bill Blumenthal
Northern New Mexico
District — Boy Scouts of America
Food Drive coordinator