For Immediate Release: July 15, 2022

SMUD sponsors Giving Mondays at the California State Fair

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

As part of its ongoing community giving efforts, SMUD is sponsoring Giving Mondays at the California State Fair, an effort to collect needed items for the Elk Grove Food Bank. SMUD Giving Mondays at the fair will accept three non-perishable, non-expired items per person in exchange for a free ticket into the California State Fair between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The first 3,000 people in the gates will also receive a free drawstring backpack and SMUD Clean Power Champion giveaways.

“We’re so excited to have the State Fair back this year,” said Rhonda Staley-Brooks, SMUD’s manager of Community Relations, Outreach and Events. “Although we continued our giving efforts throughout the pandemic with school supply drives and e-waste drives, this gives us an opportunity to maximize our efforts for the community we proudly serve.”

SMUD Giving Mondays at the State Fair will be on Monday, July 18 and Monday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Main Gate or the East Gate (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
  • Peanut butter
  • Disposable adult briefs
  • Ensure
  • Baby diapers
  • Socks – all sizes
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned veggies
  • Soup 
  • Canned milk
  • Cereal
  • Top Ramen
  • Packaged rice
  • Boxed mashed potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Mac and cheese
  • Beans
  • Jelly

For more information about SMUD Giving Mondays, visit, 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.

About Cal Expo
Cal Expo is home to the California State Fair and plays host to hundreds of other signature events each year. The California Exposition & State Fair mission is to create a State Fair experience reflecting California including its industries, agriculture, and diversity of its people, traditions and trends shaping its future supported by year-round events. 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.