Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation have formed a partnership to create a new garden program that will serve communities stretching from the Central Valley in upper California to Northern Nevada. Through the ROOT community gardens, the Kings – Sacramento's NBA basketball franchise – and Raley’s will connect young adults and families with non-profits that assist thousands with fresh, locally sourced produce while also growing the next generation of healthy eaters.
The six “ROOT” community gardens are situated in locations with diverse communites, and are designed to educate residents about the benefits of eating healthy.
With the help of the Nevada-based Reno Bighorns – a semi-pro NBA Development League team – the first garden will break ground this weekend in Reno.
A partner firm, Northern California Construction Training, is providing garden boxes and planter beds for garden each site. New gardeners will serve and work with young adults at the BT Collins Detention Facility, as well as elementary students in Chico, California. The program's main goal is to help grownups, young adults and children 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, community relations manager for the W. Sacramento, Calif.-based regional retailer. “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.”
The ROOT program's garden locations can be found at the following locatons:
- 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 privately owned, family operated Raley's operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.