Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Food For Families has launched its Summer Fresh Drive, designed to raise funds and increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.

During the school year, 21 million children from financially challenged homes in the United States eat a school lunch every day. The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer and fresh, healthy produce is in extreme short supply.Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities.“We know fresh fruits and vegetables are critical to individual health, so it’s with great pride that we offer our customers a way to help create wellness in their communities,” said Becca Whitman, Food For Families Executive Director. “Our customers and vendors are incredibly generous to our program- and with their support, we can offer fresh fruits and vegetables to all.”

Every dollar counts- community members can help provide produce to food banks in their neighborhoods. Throughout the month of July, every Raley’s, Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods will be participating in a summer donation drive. A $1 donation will help provide fresh fruits and veggies to a local food bank and will be matched by Raley’s, up to $25,000. Last summer, customers, team member and businesses raised over $600,000 to fight hunger in their communities.
“We see first-hand how hard summer months can be on local families, who rely on school breakfasts or lunches during school months,” shares Blake Young, President/CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “Fresh produce and other items from Raley’s Food For Families make a tremendous impact at our food distributions during the summer months. SFBFS serves over 130,000 men, women and children each month and the food from Raley’s Food for Families is greatly appreciated by the families we serve.”

This year, Raley’s Food For Families program celebrates 30 years. The program is an integral part of feeding those in need, in communities throughout Northern California and Nevada. The Summer Fresh Drive will provide fresh, nutritious produce – getting real food to real families.

Some Fresh Facts:
• 49 million Americans are food insecure – many of them children.
• 37 million Americans are being served by food banks and soup kitchens.
• 40% of people receiving emergency food assistance are also employed.
• Families facing hunger are far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet.
• 90% of at-risk youth don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables on a regular basis fact
• Hunger and obesity can be a deadly pair.

About Food For Families
The Food For Families program started in 1986 and has raised over $33 million and donated over 24 million pounds of food to families in need. 100% of the funds go to fighting hunger; every penny donated goes directly to feeding families, and none to expenses, fees or traditional overhead, all of which are absorbed by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. For more information, visit www.foodforfamilies.org

About Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Raley’s is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source. Raley’s was founded in 1935 by Thomas P. Raley and is a major grocery chain best known for high quality products, fresh produce, fine meats and outstanding customer service. Raley’s strives to make its customers’ lives easier and better by delivering a personalized food shopping experience. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.

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

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Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

 

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Raley’s Family of Fine Stores raised over 3.4 million pounds of healthy and hearty food for those in need

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores raised over 3.4 million pounds of healthy and hearty food for those in need throughout Northern California and Nevada – the highest donation in recent years. With the support of Raley’s generous customers, team members, vendors and community partners, Raley’s Food For Families 29thannual holiday bag drive surpassed the campaign’s goal (3 million pounds). The food donations were collected from November 6th through December 31st.  

 “This year’s Food For Families Holiday Bag Drive was one of our best yet,” said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Food For Families Development Officer. “Raising over 3 million pounds of wholesome food for our local food banks is a tremendous accomplishment, and we’d like to thank our customers and team members for their generous support.  Together, we made the holidays happier and healthier for thousands of families facing hunger.” 

Donations were received in stores, through Facebook, online, and by text.  For just $10, customers donated a bag of wholesome food to Food For Families. Raley’s more than doubled all donations, turning each $10 dollars into more than $27 worth of food.  All contributions collected stayed in the communities in which they were raised and were distributed by local Food For Families’ food bank partners.  Each holiday bag provided up to 21 meals and included fresh produce and milk in addition to pantry staples like whole wheat pasta and tuna. Over seventy regional food banks distributed holiday bags purchased to benefit local families.

In addition to the more than 3.4 million pounds of food, Raley’s once again donated over 12,500 fresh turkeys, chickens and hams, which served over 65,000 individuals.

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

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

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Raley’s Family of Fine Stores raised over 3.4 million pounds of healthy and hearty food for those in need

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores raised over 3.4 million pounds of healthy and hearty food for those in need