WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (November 30, 2011) - Raley’s Family of Fine Stores donated more than 125,000 pounds of turkey, chicken and ham today to feed hungry families this holiday season. Each of the 132 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 on Wednesday for distribution to local food banks.
"This donation from Raley’s, along with the tremendous support of their customers, helps to meet the needs of the hungry at this time of the year," said John Healey, President & CEO of California Emergency Foodlink. "Raley’s Food for Families is instrumental in feeding the hungry. Foodlink could not help those in need without Raley’s support."
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.
“This is a really tough economic time in our community and our country and we know that local food banks are facing great difficulty in attracting much needed donations,” 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.