ADVISORY: Dr. Richard Pan & the Sacramento Meals Collaborative to Kick Off the ‘Million Meals Summer’

Posted on 15 May 2018 for representative Richard Pan

MEDIA ADVISORY Dr. Richard Pan & the Sacramento Meals Collaborative to Kick Off the ‘Million Meals Summer’ Summer Meals Program Ensures that our Children have the Proper Nutrition to Grow up Healthy, Educated and Ready to Achieve SACRAMENTO – Working with a coalition that includes the United Way, California Department of Education, local school districts, Sacramento Public libraries and many others, Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator from the Sacramento region is hosting a picnic celebration at the State Capitol to kick-off the Million Meals Summer, an effort to ensure no child in the Sacramento region goes hungry when school is not in session. Children from five area school districts will be bussed to the State Capitol for a free lunch picnic on the capitol lawn that will include games, activities, booths and speakers. WHAT: Picnic at the Capitol to Kick Off Million Meals Summer WHERE: California State Capitol, West Steps Sacramento, California WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:00 a.m. Participants will be invited to explore booths and get to know the program: Farmer’s market with locally sourced foods Coco the Dairy Cow from the Dairy Council of California Vision to Learn UC Davis honey-bee project YMCA ‘Ask a Nurse’ booth from Samuel Merritt Nurses Sacramento libraries Southgate Parks and Recreation Much more In Sacramento County, an average of 1.9 million free or reduced-price lunches are served each month while school is in session. However in July, that number drops to about 165,000 lunches served. That is less than 10 percent of the lunches served to low-income children during the school year. In January, Dr. Pan brought community groups and elected officials 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. Over the last several months, the large coalition of organizations has identified locations where children will be during the summer months for easy delivery of meals. Specifically, the coalition has worked to expand their reach into voucher-assisted apartment complexes, summer program sites operated by community-based organizations, and other programs operated at community centers. For more information: ###