Raley's Food for Families

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Tom Raley opened his first market in Placerville in 1935. 50 years later, his daughter Joyce Raley Teel founded the nonprofit Raley’s Food for Families. As the foundation arm of the Raley’s corporation, Food for Families started as a nonprofit geared towards an annual canned food drive, motivating customers to give during the holiday season. Today Raley’s Food for Families (RFFF) is a year-round support for food bank partners.

In fact, RFFF maintains partnerships with 12 food banks in Northern California and Nevada, totaling thousands of food agencies being stocked with food. The folks at Raley’s understand their role in the community and business world gives them a particular opportunity to help others, and they love using that leverage for good. Every dollar donated to RFFF goes directly to local food banks. The Raley’s corporation covers 100% of the overhead cost of running the nonprofit. When customers and Raley’s team members donate to RFFF, every bit goes directly to feeding local families.

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RFFF believes their role is to build capacity for the experts: local food banks working to feed food insecure neighbors. They put donations from customers, Raley’s team members and vendor partners in a checking account. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) is able to draw on those funds and purchase groceries at cost. This model provides valuable flexibility, enabling SFBFS to purchase the right food at the right time.

SFBFS welcomes people of all backgrounds, faith beliefs and cultural heritages. Of course, every culture has its own food traditions. Each food distribution site in Sacramento County needs different kinds of food to best feed their unique neighborhood. RFFF offers SFBFS the flexibility to purchase culturally appropriate foods, providing a dignified experience for individuals utilizing food pantries.

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In 2018, RFFF donated more than $250,000 to SFBFS, in addition to thousands of pounds of food. Executive Director Becca Whitman shares, “At Raley’s, we believe it’s our responsibility to help others. We have the ability to bring nutritious food to our communities because of Raley’s Food for Families. We are grateful for our partnership with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services in getting wholesome food to those who need it. Together we are able to have a greater impact on growing healthy communities.”

Submitted by:
Kelsey Long, Development Association at SFBFS

January 2019 Staff Spotlight - Matt Pruitt

Come behind the scenes and meet the people who make the organization run! This month’s featured staff member is Matt Pruitt, Volunteer Services Assistant Manager.

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 What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS?

I work primarily with volunteers so having the opportunity to work with and engage people genuinely wanting to improve their community on a daily basis is very uplifting.

What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you?

A typical work day for me involves scheduling volunteer groups from outside agencies (Wells Fargo, Intel, Starbucks, etc.) for a group volunteer event, giving tours of our Food Bank Services campus to new volunteers, working in the warehouse to oversee volunteer activities like food sorting and produce bagging, leading orientations for new volunteers - overall, coordinating all volunteer activities for folks who want to help out in any of our food related programs or our warehouse.

What inspires you in supporting SFBFS’ mission and culture?

As far as our mission, I think it’s extremely important that all of our programs have a focus of moving an individual in need towards self-sufficiency; whether we’re providing food for someone experiencing a difficult time like losing a job or helping new parents learn to better manage their time and money when they have a new addition to their family, ultimately our goal is to empower people and help them help themselves.

In regards to our company culture, the all in mentality among staff members is incredible- any time any department is in need of support, whether it be covering the reception desk for a few hours, helping to unload incoming orders, cleaning up after a large volunteer activity or assisting an individual looking to make an in-kind donation, other staff members and volunteers are there and ready to help each other.

What is your favorite pastime?

When I’m indoors, I spend a majority of my time watching news documentaries and drawing. When I’m outside, I like to skateboard and take road trips. I also like taking and collecting photos of trains and street art.

What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why?

My favorite fruit is a banana because it comes in its own convenient wrapper. My favorite vegetable is a tie between carrots and broccoli - mostly because you can cook them with anything and they turn out well.

 

 

Addressing the Mental Health Consequences of Poverty in Sacramento

Addressing the Mental Health Consequences of Poverty in Sacramento

Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations once said: “Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere." There is a great public misconception that poverty and malnutrition are limited to developing countries in Asia and Africa. At present, more than 30 million Americans experience hunger on a regular basis while more than 8.5 million individuals (including almost 3 million children), go hungry on a daily basis.

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