Raley’s Food For Families summer campaign will increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.
"The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer, but our food bank partners tell us that fresh, healthy produce is in extremely short supply," said Jennie Teel Wolter, Food For Families development officer. "We're proud to offer the community a simple and easy way to help make a difference by providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the those struggling with hunger."
Community members can help provide produce to food banks in their communities. From June 15 through July 31, all Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Market locations will participate in a summer donation drive, for which a $1 donation will help to provide fresh fruits and veggies to a local food bank. Raley’s will match donations up to $25,000. Last summer, customers, team member and businesses raised more than $460,000 to fight hunger in their communities.
“The Raley's Food For Families program is an incredible gift to our community,” said Blake Young, president/CEO, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “This program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to organizations that focus on helping families who struggle with access to healthy food. Our partnership with Raley's is a blessing and is important to our success. We are grateful for Raley's and their customers' commitment to hunger issues in our community."
Working alongside food bank partners, the program will continue to grow the number of fresh, healthful produce options that are available, as well as connect more local growers with food banks in their neighborhood.
Privately-owned, family-operated Raley's Family of Stores, based in West Sacramento, Calif., operates 127 stores in northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.