For Immediate Release: July 13, 2023

SMUD sponsors Giving Monday at the Fair

Donate five, non-perishable food items and get in for free

As part of its ongoing community giving efforts, SMUD is sponsoring Giving Monday at the Fair, an effort to collect needed items for the Elk Grove Food Bank. SMUD Giving Monday at the Fair will accept five non-perishable, non-expired items per person in exchange for a free ticket into the California State Fair before 3 p.m. The first 3,000 people in the gates will also receive a free drawstring backpack.

“This partnership is a great way to give back to those in our community who need it most,” said Rhonda Staley-Brooks, SMUD’s director of Community Development and Outreach. “Last year, this effort collected nearly 25,000 lbs. of food, and this year we hope to surpass that. It’s these types of community efforts that help lift up our entire community and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

SMUD Giving Monday at the Fair will be on Monday, July 17th and Monday, July 24th. Visit the booth by the Blue Gate to drop off your food items and receive a free ticket to the fair.

The Elk Grove Food Bank is in need of the following items:

  • 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

For more information about SMUD Giving Mondays at the Fair, and to learn more about SMUD’s community giving, visit

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030.