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Gardnerville Raley’s among top five stores in food program

Staff Reports

The 25th year of Raley’s Food For Families Holiday Bag program concluded Dec. 31, raising more than 2.2 million pounds of food for hungry families throughout Northern California and Nevada.

For the second year in a row, the Gardnerville Raley’s was one of the top five performing stores, out of nearly 150 stores in the program.

Surpassing the goal of raising 2 million pounds of food, customers and employees showed great support to their local food banks by purchasing $10 bags of groceries containing 25 pounds of nonperishable food. This season, more than 80,000 bags were purchased and a grand total of 2,272,563 pounds of food was distributed to neighboring food banks.

At a time when food banks are at their greatest need for donations, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores absorbed all administrative fees so that 100 percent of donations reach families in need. Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is partnered with 74 food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada to ensure donations go directly to feed the hungry in the community where the donation was made.

“We would not be able to feed the hungry in the community without this program,” explained John Healey, President and CEO of California Emergency Foodlink. “The Food For Families donations represent about one-third of the food we receive.”

Because hunger is more than just a seasonal issue, donations to the Food For Families program can be made in any increment year-round at check-stand collection boxes at all Raley’s, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source stores.

Food For Families , a nonprofit organization, began as a holiday food drive in 1986 and was founded by Raley’s co-chairman and owner Joyce Raley Teel and CEO emeritus Charles Collings. Since then, the organization has raised over $24 million and more than 13 million pounds of food for the needy in communities served by Raley’s stores, as part of the company’s long-time commitment to local communities. The legacy of the program continues today, thanks to the support of Raley’s customers, employees and community partners.

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K2 Pilates in Gardnerville is celebrating its second birthday today with discounts throughout the day, with doors open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

K2 Pilates offers Pilates and spin classes and is the home of the K2 class – a 1-hour class offering a combination of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training with 30 minutes of spin and 30 minutes of Pilates.

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