Postal Workers’ Food Drive Is Back After 2-Year Hiatus And Will Benefit LA Cares


Note: Event will be canceled in the event of evacuation

After a two-year hiatus because of COVID, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is back! Saturday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.

So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers.  These donations go directly to LA Cares, our local food pantry, to provide food to people in Los Alamos County who need our help.

The local branch of NALC, #4112, and local Boy and Girl Scouts, along with LA Cares volunteers, will collect, sort and store non-perishable food items that residents will leave at their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14.

Over the course of its 29-year history, the drive has collected well over 1.88 billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands.

The need for food donations is great.  Currently, more than 42 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from.  More than twelve million are children who feel hunger’s  impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school.  And nearly 5.2 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial.  Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.  By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple.  Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, 2022 and your letter carrier (or Boy Scouts) will do the rest.  With your help, letter carriers and the US Postal Service have collected over 1.88 billion pounds of food in the United States over the 29 years as a national food drive.  Please help us in our fight to end hunger, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary year in America’s great day of giving.

Items needed for LA Cares:

64 oz. plastic bottles of Apple or Cranberry juice

Canned beans

Canned chicken or Tuna

Canned Green Beans

Canned Diced Tomatoes

Canned Mandarin Oranges or pineapple

Canned Mexican Food

Canned Pasta Sauce (no glass jars, please)

Cereal-Raisin Bran, Bran Flakes, Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, or Corn Flakes

Chef Boyardee Pasta

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chunky or Hearty Soup

Cooking Oil

Crackers, Nuts, and Snacks

Ground Coffee



Salad Dressing

4 lb. Bags White Sugar or 1-2 lb. Brown Sugar

Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Toilet Paper,

Canned Dog and Cat Food

Regular Grocery Size PAPER Bags


Flour, Rice, Peanut Butter, Canned Pumpkin, Ramen, Broth, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Hotel-sized Personal Care items, Bottled Water