LA Cares prepares for monthly food distribution at market

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By Bennett Horne

LA Cares will be at the Los Alamos Farmers’ Market Thursday in preparation for this month’s distribution of items from its food pantry to residents of Los Alamos County.

The organization, which is an independent entity subsisting solely on volunteer help and donations, distributes food once a month for clients. This month’s distribution days are Thursday night and Friday.

While food boxes are prepared for clients of LA Cares to pick up at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC), arrangements can be made for deliveries to homebound clients.

The organization has plenty of volunteer opportunities during this week’s distribution. Beginning Thursday morning, from 10-11:30 a.m., representatives said they need a strong person, preferably one with access to a pickup truck, to move flats of canned goods and other large items from the LA Cares storage sites in Los Alamos to BELC on North Road.

Volunteers are needed Thursday between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to help pack food boxes with canned goods and other items at BELC; from 3:45-5 p.m. to help inventory and move heavy flats and boxes to the storage closet; and from 6-8 p.m. to help facilitate distribution of the food boxes at BELC.

Help is needed Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. to make deliveries to homebound residents; from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help facilitate distribution of the food boxes at BELC; and then from 12:30-2 p.m. to help with final cleanup and put remaining items into storage.

Because of confidentiality issues, anyone younger than 18 (or still in high school) is not allowed to help with monthly distributions, but is welcome at the twice-yearly food drives in May and November.

LA Cares also provides financial help with rent and utility assistance once per year to those who qualify.