Dr. Richard Pan & the Sacramento Meals Collaborative Make Final Drive to Deliver Meals to Area Kids this Summer

July 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator from the Sacramento region and the Sacramento Meals Collaborative will host a final pop-up event at the Arcade Library on Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m.  The Sacramento Meals Collaborative is a large coalition of groups and elected officials that includes No Kid Hungry California, the United Way, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, local school districts and Sacramento Public libraries. 

This special summer meals event will feature the Natomas Unified School District Mobile Food Truck, awarded through a 2019 grant from No Kid Hungry California.  Children will also receive visual dental health exams and new dental hygiene kits and meet with local farmers to learn about eating healthy.  

Over the summer, the collaborative has hosted several other pop-up events at libraries, community pools, elementary schools and apartment complexes. In addition, meals are provided every day at various locations throughout the region. Families are encouraged to text the word “food or “comida” to 877-877 to get information on a meal site near them.

So far this summer, libraries have reported serving 50 percent more meals this summer than last. 

WHAT:       Pop-Up Summer Meals Event

Free meals will be provided to ALL children, without eligibility documentation, who are 18 years and younger.

WHERE:   Arcade Library

                 2443 Marconi Avenue

WHEN:     Friday, July 26, 2019

                 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Sacramento, only 12 percent of eligible kids are served summer meals while one in four face hunger daily.  In 2015, Sacramento left $3 million federal dollars on the table because we could not figure out how to get meals to hungry kids.

Last year, Dr. Pan brought elected officials and community groups together to launch an ambitious project of expanding the Summer Food Service Program, with the goal of feeding one million meals to children in the Sacramento area this summer.  After making small adjustments, working with local schools and supporting community partners, we saw a 100,000 meal increase. The coalition hopes that the improvements announced at the press conference will boost the number of meals served in the summer of 2019.