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Supermarkets Donate $17,500 to the Food Forward Hunger Program

Presentation will be at today's community Fruit Pick on the campus of Cal State Northridge,

[This news release comes from Ralphs and Food 4 Less supermarkets.]

As part of their on-going commitment to end hunger in the communities their stores serve, supermarket partners and Food 4 Less are teaming to make a $17,500 donation to Food Forward, a Los Angeles-based hunger organization.

The money will be used to support Food Forward’s fresh food gleaning and distribution programs. These programs bring together volunteers and neighbors to share in the gleaning and distributing of locally grown food from private homes and public spaces. Food Forward then distributes this freshly harvested food to food pantries and hunger relief organizations across Southern California.

“Ralphs and Food 4 Less are excited to support Food Forward and its efforts to provide fresh, wholesome food to hungry families,” said Kendra Doyel, Senior Manager of Public Relations for Ralphs and Food 4 Less. “Ralphs and Food 4 Less are committed to ending hunger and giving back to the communities that our customers and associates call home. We are thrilled to know that the our donation to Food Forward will be used to help feed thousands of needy individuals and families that go to bed hungry at night.”

Representatives from Ralphs and Food 4 Less will present the $17,500 donation on Sunday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Food Forward Fruit Pick community volunteer event on the campus of Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. (The fruit trees are along Nordhoff between Zelzah and Lindley).

“We are happy that Food Forward was selected by Ralphs and Food 4 Less to receive such a generous donation,” said Rick Nahmias, executive director of Food Forward. “The economy is forcing cut-backs everywhere and these funds will go a long way in helping us expand our current service capacity.”

Ralphs and Food 4 Less have been helping local food banks and hunger organizations serve the hungry for more than 20 years. In 2011, the two supermarket chains combined to donate more than $1.5 million in financial support and food donations to local food banks.

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