Raley’s and Butte County Office of Education Unveil State-of-the-Art Mobile Teaching Kitchen
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Raley’s is a retailer that keeps on giving. Recently, the grocer partnered with Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) to debut a new Mobile Teaching Kitchen at the 2020 Cal Kidz Anti-Hunger Summit. This state-of-the-art food truck provides healthy, nutritious foods to children and families displaced by the Camp Fire.
“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.”
According to the press release, the food truck provides a necessary bridge in the summer when students face a meal gap, distributing food to children throughout the summer who would otherwise go hungry while school is out of session. 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.
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.
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