More than 12,000 lbs. of food collected

The California State Fair’s first ever SMUD Cares at the Fair Giving Monday was a resounding success! According to Elk Grove Food Bank, which received all of the donated food, a total of 12,572 lbs. of food was collected in only 4 hours. This event was part of the Fair’s commitment to give back to the community. Better yet, another SMUD Cares at the Fair Giving Monday will happen on July 23.

Here how the food drive works: on Mondays, Fairgoers donate 3 non-perishable food items (per person) between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and receive free admission to the California State Fair.  The food is collected and given to the Elk Grove Food Bank, which is in need of food donations during the summer months.

“The Elk Grove Food Bank feels the event went very well and truly appreciates the community’s support in giving food to feed the hungry,” said Kim Gillin, Executive Assistant from Elk Grove Bank. “We beat our goal of collecting 10,000 lbs. of food. We are looking forward to next Monday.”

SMUD Cares at the Fair Giving Monday would not have been possible without the partnership of local utility company SMUD, which partnered with the CA State Fair to cover the cost of admission.

“This promotion aligned perfectly with what SMUD stands for as a community-owned utility, and we’re ecstatic about how succesful it was,” said Erica Manuel with SMUD. “We’re looking forward to collecting even more donations next week to help those families struggling with food insecurity.”

“This is what the California State Fair is all about – giving back to our community”, says Deputy General Manager, Margaret Mohr, “Thank you to all of the Fair fans who donated more than what was required to make this event so successful.”

The next SMUD Cares at the Fair Giving Monday takes place on July 23. For a list of top items the Elk Grove Food Bank needs click here.
About the California State Fair 

The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State’s future. We invite you to join us for the 165th California State Fair, July 13-29, 2018.



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