Central Valley Farm Land Trust continues its Kids to Farm program in partnership with Raley’s

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Central Valley Farm Land Trust (CVFT) is excited to announce the continuation of our pilot program, Kids to Farm.  Although we are surrounded by farmland, most students have no understanding of how their food grows.  In partnership with Raley’s, and with assistance from California Ag in the Classroom and Steamboat Acres organic farm, CVFT is working to close this learning gap.

“Helping kids understand and appreciate where their food comes from is important for the future of our food supply.  Our goal is to educate children about agriculture, to help them gain an appreciation for the precious, limited land resources we have in the Central Valley,” said Charlotte Mitchell, CVFT Executive Director. “We plan to do many more tours and in more locations in 2018.”

Most recently, as a part of the pilot program, fifty 4th graders from Lodi Unified School District attended field trips on October 17 and 18 visiting a working farm. The field trips kick off at Steamboat Acres organic farm in Courtland, with an educational tour led by farmers Michael and Tara Neuharth.  On their tour, students discovered the differences between conventional and organic farming, how male and female flowers and pollination work, the importance of soil care and crop rotation, and how long it takes to grow pears versus pumpkins. The tour culminated at a local Raley’s grocery store where managers showed students how produce is delivered to the store, is organized, and then readied for purchase. The students finished off with a nutritious lunch provided by Raley’s – bringing the farm to fork concept full circle for them.

Part of the mission of the Central Valley Farmland Trust is to educate the next generation about where their food comes from so they more intimately understand the preciousness of the farmland that grows it – and the necessity to protect it.

“Raley’s is committed to growing the next generation of healthy eaters and in that vein, we need farmers who are focused on sustaining our farm land,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager & Executive Director, Food for Families. “Our partnership with Central Valley Farmland Trust allows us to show youth how their food is grown and at the same time, emphasize the importance of preserving agricultural lands.  It’s a great combination of nutrition education, sustainability education and workforce development.”

Students and teachers alike appreciate the access to a high-quality learning environment, “This was a great trip for my class. Our kids could see and touch their food growing in the field and then come to the store where they can buy it and take it home – it was awesome!” said an attending 4th grade teacher.

The next field trips will be held November 1 and 2, 2017, at Steamboat Acres in Courtland. Media interested in attending may contact CVFT for more information.  We invite you to come see for yourself the light in these kids eyes as they learn about their food, touch and taste on the farm, and make the full circle connection at the grocery store.

For more information, please contact:
Melanee Cottrill
mcottrill@valleyfarmland.org
(916) 667-2217

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program to benefit 40 Schools; supports programs and activities for kids’ nutrition and wellness

Raley’s Extra Credit Fall Grantees Selected – Nearly 40 Schools in California & Nevada to Benefit.

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through their redesigned Extra Credit Grants Program, Raley’s will make a direct impact on youth nutrition and wellness education by sharing education grants in the communities they serve. Raley’s received a diverse set of proposals from local accredited K-12 schools and school districts– requests spanned from supporting the delivery of a complete food literacy curriculum to the purchase and installation of water filtration and bottle filling stations.

“At the heart of Raley’s philanthropic endeavors is community wellness and nutrition,” says Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager & Executive Director, Raley’s Food for Families. “Our Extra Credit program is committed to supporting our schools and school districts in their efforts to encourage healthy eating and strengthen nutrition education.”

After extensive review by Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program Committee, comprised of key Raley’s team members and community stakeholders, Raley’s is excited to grant nearly 40 grantees funding, supporting programs and activities that benefit kids’ nutrition and wellness.

Raley’s will be distributing nearly $300,000 to local schools this Fall. Some key areas of program focus for these grantees include:

  • Installation of water filtration and bottle refill stations
  • Gardening projects
  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Wellness/nutrition education
  • Food literacy programs
  • Healthy meals and snacking
  • Workforce development and career technical training

Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program will be accepting applications again for the Spring 2018 cycle January 1, 2018. Accredited K-12 schools and school districts are encouraged to apply for grant funding to support programs that will help students in the areas of food literacy, healthy living, nutrition, agriculture, and food supply and origination. Schools and school districts that want to help Raley’s impact the health and wellness of our communities are encouraged to apply during the Spring 2018 funding cycle in January 2018.

Contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation launch new garden program to provide fresh produce for communities

Six Gardens Across Northern California and Nevada to Provide Fresh Produce for Communities

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation announced a new partnership creating a new garden program that will serve communities stretching from the Central Valley to Northern Nevada. Through the ROOT community gardens, the Kings and Raley’s will connect young adults, families, and non-profits that assist thousands with fresh, locally sourced produce while also growing the next generation of healthy eaters. The series of six “ROOT” community gardens at locations with diverse backgrounds are designed to educate new groups about the benefits of eating healthy.

With the help of the Reno Bighorns, the first garden will break ground in Reno, Nevada. Northern California Construction Training is providing garden boxes, planter beds and more will be installed at each site. The new gardeners will serve young adults at the BT Collins Detention Facility, elementary students in Chico, Ukiah’s Community Center and Food Bank Clients, and more – will have an opportunity to learn about sustainable living and food literacy.

“Raley’s is proud to be partnering with the Kings Foundation in this effort to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to our community,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “A garden provides health in diverse ways by offering nutrition, access, and camaraderie in one setting.  It’s all about growing healthy communities together and the amplifying effect when partnering with the Kings Foundation.”

“These gardens will inspire young people, families, and community members for years to come,” said Sacramento Kings Foundation Executive Director Scott Moak. “With Raley’s by our side, we’ll create a great place for communities to learn about nutrition and sustainability.”

Garden Locations include:
•         Reno Location – Rita Cannan Elementary School, 2450 Cannan St, Reno, NV
•         BT Collins Youth Detention Facility, 8300 Santa Cruz Street, Sacramento
•         The Salvation Army, 893 Lander Avenue, Turlock
•         Chapman Elementary School, 1071 16th Street, Chico
•         Ukiah Community Center & Food Bank,  888 N. State Street, Ukiah
•         Sacramento Children’s Home, 2750 Sutterville Road, Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to investing its time, resources, talent and passion working year-round to support the Sacramento region by serving as a positive agent of change. As part of ongoing efforts in doing so, the Kings have recently launched initiatives around sustainability, health, and education to better serve the community while making new and impactful relationships. For more information, visit Kings.com.

Source: Raley’s

Murieta Market by Raley’s now open to serve the Rancho Murieta community

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rancho Murieta community welcomed the opening of Murieta Market by Raley’s on January 14 in Murieta Plaza. The grocery store will serve residents until the permanent Bel Air Market opens by the end of 2017.

The process of opening a new store also resulted in large donations of goods to Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and Consumnes River Elementary School. ““We are proud to support the communities in which we operate,” Said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “We look forward to being good neighbors in Rancho Murieta.”

Donated Items included pencils, markers, coloring books, scissors, and more. “The school is always in dire need of these kinds of supplies,” said Becky Davis, Consumnes River Elementary School Interim Principal. “We are very thankful for this generous donation.”

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raleys