Donate and get into the world-renowned California State Fair FREE!


Sound like a deal? SMUD’s Giving Mondays at the Fair is a chance to experience all the fun and excitement at the 2019 California State Fair for free while making a real difference in your community! The California State Fair and SMUD are committed to our community and have partnered again in 2019 to help The Elk Grove Food Bank does its exceptional and critical work; supporting those who are food insecure in the Sacramento region.


Here’s how it works:

  • Check our list of the most needed items below

  • Bring three or more non-expired, nonperishable items per person

  • Come to the CA State Fair any time between 11 am and 3 pm on July 15th and July 22nd

  • Get in free, courtesy of SMUD!

Last year, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of fairgoers, together

we collected nearly 30,000 pounds of food for the Elk Grove Food Bank!


Thank you from Elk Grove Food Bank


Needed most desperately, are items that are high in protein. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, so items like peanut butter are a favorite! Other items that are particularly helpful to those in need are:

  • Canned meat (chicken or tuna)

  • Peanut Butter

  • Disposable adult briefs

  • Ensure

  • Baby diapers

  • Socks  – all sizes

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned veggies

  • Soup

  • Beans

  • Mac and Cheese

  • Pasta

  • Boxed Mashed Potatoes

  • Packaged Rice

  • Top Ramen

  • Cereal