Raley's is helping communities recover
Raley’s is making a difference throughout northern California with a unique new food truck that doubles as an educational teaching kitchen. The state-of-the-art mobile teaching kitchen was developed as a way to help those who continue to be impacted by the devastating wildfire that swept through the Northern California area where Sacramento-based Raley’s operates 129 stores.
Known as the Camp Fire for its origin along Camp Creek Road, the blaze killed 85 people, burned more than 150,000 acres and displaced thousands of families. Raley’s worked with the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) launch the Mobile Teaching Kitchen today at the 2020 Cal Kidz Anti-Hunger Summit. The truck will bring healthy, nutritious foods to children and families displaced by the Camp Fire and is expected to be especially instrumental in bridging the summer meal gap by distributing food to children throughout the summer.
After the Camp Fire destroyed all but one school in the Paradise Unified School District, BCOE developed a long-term plan to support students affected by natural disasters, including the idea for the Mobile Teaching Kitchen. Raley’s stepped in as the primary funder of the project with a multi-year commitment.
“Raley’s is committed to giving back to the communities where our team members and customers live and work,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s senior manager of community relations. “The Mobile Teaching Kitchen is going to make a significant impact for thousands of residents in Northern California and represents Raley’s continued support of those affected by the devastating Camp Fire.”
Raley’s customers, team members and ownership had previously donated nearly $1 million to Camp Fire relief efforts in 2018. In addition to delivering healthy food to the community, the Mobile Teaching Kitchen will provide nutrition education to students, their families and staff utilizing the truck’s television and speaker system. Not only will the Mobile Teaching Kitchen serve over 40 school sites within Butte County Office of Education’s 14 school districts, but it will visit surrounding school districts as well. In case of future disaster, the food truck will be dispatched to bring food to affected communities.