Raley’s Food For Families was founded in 1986 by Joyce Raley Teel and former Raley’s president Chuck Collings. What began as a simple holiday food drive quickly grew to a year-round effort to fight hunger. Operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Raley’s Food For Families raises millions of dollars and pounds of food annually through food drives, store donation boxes, online giving, support from vendors as well as Raley’s team members, and cash and product donations. After the last 35 years, the organization has grown into one of the most impactful food security-driven nonprofits in Northern California and Nevada, partnering with 12 Feeding America-aligned food bank leaders and leveraging thousands of food distribution channels from Salinas to Yreka and Elko to Tonopah.
In addition to the support via Raley’s Food For Families, all Raley’s, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods, Raley’s O-N-E Market and Food Source stores donate daily unsellable grocery and food products to food agency members of Feeding America. Donated items are unable to be sold for a variety of reasons but are still perfectly safe to be consumed. By getting these products into the hands of those who need them, our Raley’s Food For Families Food Rescue program not only diverts usable food from unnecessarily entering the waste stream, but it’s also an important source of daily donations for hundreds of food banks across our region.
In 2022, Raley’s Food For Families co-creator, Joyce Raley Teel passed away. We are here today because of Joyce’s vision and commitment to ending hunger. The Board, along with Raley’s executive leadership, continues Joyce’s legacy, committed to alleviating hunger, allowing access to nutritious food and ensuring donations have a greater impact for all.