The Food for Families program forms a partnership between Raley’s, individual and corporate donors, and local food closets. Raley’s collects contributions for a community’s local food closet throughout the year. However, every holiday season, Raley’s and Food for Families sponsor a  massive holiday food drive.

However, this is not your typical food drive. Instead of a participant needing to select, purchase, and drop items off at a particular location, Raley’s uses their local presence and food expertise to make contributing simple. Donors simply tell their cashier that they want to purchase a Food for Families Holiday Bag. Ten dollars is added onto their grocery bill, and the local food closet receives over double that amount in food! Raley’s builds these bags with ingredients they say are “hand selected to do more than just fight hunger, but to help families in crisis build wholesome, nutritious meals.”

Last year, this holiday food drive collected nearly three million pounds of food, or put another way, served nearly two and a half million meals nationwide. And every bag donated by a community stayed within that community. Contributions from Lincoln were not sent to Los Angeles, or vise versa. Lincoln’s donations fed Lincoln residents. The Salt Mine received Lincoln’s contributions to The Holiday Food Drive, and the food received last year helped us serve thousands of meals.

The Food for Families Holiday Bag Campaign begins today and runs through the end of the year. This year, Food for Families wants to distribute over 3 million pounds of food. Please partner with Raley’s and The Salt Mine to feed local families in crisis nutritious meals in 2016. Without you, many of our neighbors may not receive the wholesome food needed to not just survive, but thrive, and escape their current crisis.

You can learn more about Food for Families at here, or connect with Food for Families on their Facebook page.

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