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Ralphs Grocery Co. is inviting customers to “Bring Hope to the Table” by supporting local food banks and families in need this holiday season.
Starting this week, customers and Ralphs associates will be able to support local food banks by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the check stands in their neighborhood Ralphs supermarket. Customers will also be able to shop at any Ralphs supermarket and use a “Bringing Hope to the Table” scan card to make a monetary donation to end hunger. The scan cards, available in $1, $3 and $5 denominations, will be available at check stands and on special displays.
All donations will be given to food banks and hunger relief organizations in communities across Southern California served by Ralphs stores. “Ralphs is committed to helping in the fight against hunger in the communities we serve,” said Donna Giordano, Ralphs president. “We hope these efforts will help provide some relief from food insecurity.”
Food banks benefiting from this year’s holiday fundraising campaign include Feeding America San Diego, FIND Food Bank (Indio), Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, Food Share (Oxnard), Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Ralphs’ ongoing commitment to bring as much food as possible to hungry families also includes its company-wide Perishables Donations Partnership (PDP) program. The program allows fresh, wholesome food such as meat, produce and dairy products to be donated directly from Ralphs stores to local food banks that are able to safely handle perishable foods.
Through its PDP program, Ralphs has donated more than 2.6 million pounds of perishable foods to Southern California food banks this year. This represents more than 2 million meals for hungry families.
Founded in 1873, Ralphs operates 230 supermarkets throughout Southern California. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores.