Food for Families helps feed Sacramento families | News
SACRAMENTO, CA - A startling fact during the holiday season: one out of every four children in California don't know where they will get their next meal.
News10 and Raley's have teamed up this holiday season to collect food for families in need.
Kassandra Henderson's family has fallen on tough times this year. She's a single mother of three and recently lost her job.
"This year and these last couple of years have been hard on me and my family," Henderson said.
Raley's and local organizations, like the Salvation Army, have helped to ease the difficult times.
"You know, people had to cut, and people lost their jobs, and I'm one of them who lost my job," Henderson said. "The Salvation Army and Raley's helped me keep food throughout the year and especially through the holidays; they've been so beautiful to me and my family."
The Salvation Army receives food from the program to distribute to those in need around Sacramento.
"Raley's has been a significant contributor to the Salvation Army, and their food for the needy program has been a tremendous help to us and has allowed us to be in this home to bring a box of food and some toys," Salvation Army Division Commander Major Bill Dickenson said.
The help provided by the Food for Families program is humbling to Henderson.
"Sometimes I feel that there is someone else that is a little bit more needy than me and it's really hard to ask for help, so when there is help for you, I am so welcoming of it and so thankful," Henderson said.
News10 and Raley's have already collected more than 1.3 million pounds of food for those in need in the Sacramento area.
The big push for food is Friday. Donation made at Raley's, Food Source and Bel Air grocery stores. For every bag of food donated, Raley's will make a matching donation.