LA Cares Semi-Annual Food Drive Is Saturday, May 13

Los Alamos Postal Workers accepting donations during a prior food drive. Photo Courtesy LA Cares


USPS postal workers and local Boy Scouts are working together to support LA Cares, our local food pantry.  This is the time of year when residents are asked to put a bag of groceries near their mailbox to be picked up and donated to LA Cares. Postal workers, Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be circulating on the streets of Los Alamos and White Rock picking up donated items on Saturday, May 13.  Please put food items out in the morning by 10 am to make it easier for pick up. The food will be taken to a central location, sorted and prepared for storage.

LA Cares depends on the continuing generosity of individuals and organizations in Los Alamos County.  Since 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 children suffer from food insecurity, the need is great—even in here.  The community is very generous in both food and cash donations, which enables LA Cares to give back to residents of Los Alamos County who are in need.  Besides the monthly food distribution, LA Cares also provides rent and utility assistance to residents of Los Alamos County once per 12 months.

Since LA Cares is an entirely volunteer non-profit, 96% of LA Cares’ funding goes directly to client assistance. Cash donations are used for many purposes: to prevent an eviction or keep utilities on; to supplement donations to the food pantry; providing a client with food for their special dietary needs; and monthly purchases of fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cereal, juice, eggs, butter, cheese and meat. Cash donations are accepted year-round at PO Box 248, Los Alamos, NM, 87544; and at PayPal–

While any food items are gladly accepted, the following is a list of desired donations. Please check to see if items have passed the expiration dates before donating.

64 oz. plastic bottles of cranberry or grape juice

Canned beans

Canned chicken or tuna

Canned corn or green beans

Canned diced tomatoes

Canned mandarin oranges or pineapple

Canned Mexican food

Canned pasta sauce (no glass, 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 & snacks

Ground coffee

Macaroni and cheese

Mayonnaise or salad dressing

Mustard or ketchup

4lb. bags of white sugar or 1-2 lb. brown sugar

Bars of soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand lotion, feminine products

Canned dog and cat food

Regular Grocery sized PAPER bags

Thank you in advance for your generosity!  LA Cares is very grateful to the generous citizens of Los Alamos County!! LA Cares is an equal opportunity provider.