With Sacramento’s summer heat approaching and the cities rising poverty rates, a local collective of artists called PANAEXPRESSION, is hosting their first food drive this Saturday at Colonial Park from 10am to 2pm. The Sacramento-based collective will have face painting, interactive-live painting, and will be giving away a Spalding basketball and a basketball pump to the winner of their 3-point contest.

“It just doesn’t make sense to me to not lend a hand to those in need. If your neighbors are suffering, chances are your turn is lingering close. But, if we help each other and break the cycle, we can all level up” says the creator of PANAEXPRESSION, who goes by the name of “little gray cloud”.

According to census data released in 2018 by 24/7 Wall Street, Sacramento went from having six poor neighborhoods to 18 during the years 2010 to 2016, which was a 200% increase. PANAEXPRESSION’s members understand the difficulties that families of Sacramento are currently facing, which is why they strive to assist lower-income families.

“PANAEXPRESSION derives from the word ‘PANACEA’. Panacea means “a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases” explains little gray cloud.

He and his friends have been collecting canned food and reusable water bottles since May, in hopes to donate at least ten food items and two reusable water bottles to 50 local Sacramento families. Wednesday, June 12th, is the last day the collective will be collecting donations.

PANAEXPRESSION plans to host more events in the upcoming months events that will serve the community such as a Back-To-School drive, a feminine hygiene product drive, and many shows to showcase their artists of all mediums.

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