Raley’s Family of Fine Stores donated more than 100,000 pounds of turkey, chicken and ham today to feed hungry families this holiday season. Each of the127 store locations within Raley’s four chains has made a $1,000 donation of meat to benefit food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada. The donation was prepared at the Raley’s Distribution Center in Natomas for distribution to local food banks. “Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services greatly appreciates this generous donation of meat to help feed families in our community,” said Blake Young, President/CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “The holidays will be brighter for many families experiencing difficult times thanks to Raley’s thoughtful donation.”
According to the latest hunger study by Feeding America titled, Map the Meal Gap, 16.7% of Californians are food insecure – meaning they do not have access to enough food. In Sacramento County, the number increases to 17.2% or 236,950 people who are food insecure. Up to 30% of children locally don’t know when they will receive their next meal. “No plate should go empty at the holidays, but we know that up to 1 in 6 Americans struggle to put meals on the table,” said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Community Relations Manager for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. She added, “It is our hope that this donation will not only help feed hungry families but will encourage other businesses and individuals to share in the spirit of giving.”
For more than a decade, Raley’s has partnered with local food banks to provide this annual meat donation. At a time when food banks are at their greatest need for donations, Raley’s absorbs all administrative fees to ensure that 100% of donations go directly to local food banks. Raley’s is proudly partnered with 72 food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada. Each partnering agency distributes the meat donation to the hungry in that neighborhood, so contributions remain in the community of each store location where the donation was made.
To see which food bank in your community will receive this donation, visit www.foodforfamilies.org.