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Welcome to the third episode of “Our Streets”, AccessLocal.Tv’s youth-produced podcast. Each week, podcast host Charles Chenault sits down with out Neighborhood News Correspondents to talk about issues that affect people young and old all across Sacramento. For this weeks show, the group discusses what they’re thankful for during this holiday season.
Come back each week to hear new episodes of Our Streets, and if you have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future, leave us a comment in the section below.
On November 15, 2012, a press conference was held at the River City Food Bank to congratulate those who committed to eating only $4.90 in food for at least one day during The 7 day Food Stamp Challenge. In this video you will hear from some of the participants and get a chance to see 10 year old Aiden cook his recipe creation.
Asael Sala is a community organizer with the group “Pesticide Watch”.
I interviewed Sala about what his work in community is like.
Check the video to find out!
By Gina Sanchez
Sacramento State University student, Age 20
As if Sacramento State wasn’t amazing enough for hosting a fashion show on their campus on November 6th of this year, but they also made it a charity show to benefit the women’s and children’s shelter My Sister’s House and The Volunteer Center of Sacramento—an organization that helps families in need with projects such as ‘Adopt-a-Family’ and ‘Birthday Magic’.
Believe it or not, charity fashion shows happen once a semester on Sac State’s campus, courtesy of their campus organization named the ‘Student Fashion Association’. Along with networking mixers, fashion workshops and seminars, SFA hosts fashion shows for great causes—all the while showcasing work of student and local fashion designers and stylists (who dressed models in clothing found at local Sacramento boutique, Article Consignment). This year’s theme was ‘Fashion by Design’—which was reflected by the metallic and light-up props that were displayed on the runway.
Student designers from Sacramento State, San Joaquin Delta College and designers and stylists from American River College had the opportunity that night to experience what it was like to show their clothing in a fashion show. Even Sac State alumni Lacey Taylor joined in on all the fun and glamour of the show with her colorful and playful fashion line ‘Jezebel Spirit’.
“I was mainly inspired by the fabric.” states Taylor, who was an apparel marketing and design major at Sac State just last year. “I bought the yellow apple and green birdie fabric back in June for only a few bucks from Hancock fabric. The fabric reminded me of something you would see on Modcloth, so I wanted to go retro with my outfits.”
The Future by Design show was hosted by Meg White, owner of Action Boot Camps and who has some modeling background as well. SFA allowed for many vendors to set up shop behind the audience seats to sell and promote their products during the beginning of the show and intermission—local fashionistas excitedly chatted with the fashion show attendees and showed off their flair and passion for fashion at their booths.
The fashion show was a success—rows were filled by many happy attendees both impressed and inspired by the looks that went down the runway. Members of the Student Fashion Association were also very pleased with the turnout.
“It meant a lot that so many people wanted to support SFA and the charities that will benefit from this.” said Elysa Quintella, a freshman at Sacramento State and member of SFA. “I’m already looking forward to plan the next show!”
The California Museum is home to the many contents of the State of California’s Archives. Through partnerships with private non-profits, the State of California opened the California Museum back in June of 1998. The Museum has continued partnering with more organizations throughout the years to further expand itself.
Since 2003, the museum has collaborated with California’s former First Lady, Maria Shriver and current First Lady, Anne Gust Brown. Staying true to its reputation, The California Museum has partnered with “Health Happens Here”, a 6-year initiative introduced by The California Endowment. Together, they hope to give the public a chance to explore health beyond exercise, diets and doctors.
The exhibit ties together the latest cutting-edge technology and interactive games to engage and educate all of its visitors. It also provides an multimedia adventure though a modern-day school cafeteria, along with encounters with school yard bullies to give participants an opportunity to physically steer their way through today’s urban environment while being confronted by positive and negative health choices. The exhibit is ongoing; however there will be free admission day on Tuesday, December 1st, during the museum’s regular hours from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
“The Health Happens Here exhibit is fun and interactive for all ages!” says Christine Tien from the California Endowment. “The exhibit shows how health is about more than just going to your doctor’s office. Health really depends on where people live, go to school, work and play.”
For more information, click on the links below.
Over 250,000 people in Sacramento County are currently considered to be “food insecure.” According to a report called Hunger Hits Home, “Food insecurity exists when an individual or family has limited or uncertain ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe foods.” In 2010, over 80,000 of those who are food insecure in Sacramento County and eligible for CalFresh, commonly referred to as food stamps, were not even enrolled in the program.
To help raise awareness about food insecurity, the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, created the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge. This challenge was a week-long event which encouraged participants to eat no more than $4.90 worth of food for each day, or the average per day, per person amount of money a food stamp recipient receives.
“We hope this challenge will encourage community and elected leaders to support food banks and initiatives like the CalFresh match at farmers’ markets to increase healthy foods in our communities and support our local economy.” says Edith Martinez from the River City Food Bank.
Those who participated in the challenge collectively agreed that it was a struggle for them to spend less than $5.00 and expressed their frustrations with going without things like soda and coffee and the lack of affordable healthy choices.
“At this time of Thanksgiving, which is only a week away, it is really appropriate for our community to remind each other that not everyone is going to have a happy day or the kind of day we imagine with family and friends sitting around a dining table enjoying each other company. says Senate President pro-tem Darrell Steinberg. There are some, too many, that are at risk of going without.”
To many this is not a 7-day challenge; this is an everyday challenge. We have to support our local food banks who fill the gaps for food insecure families and create more awareness for aid so that people in Sacramento can get all the help they need.
Picture this; students walking home from school, or elderly residents of the Tallac Village Neighborhood walking home from their local supermarket. Now let’s add a twist; imagine the time is 6:30 when students will get done with conditioning at their school and the elderly will be done with their shopping. The sun will already be down and there will no daylight. The students and local residents will have to walk among these streets in darkness.
Among West Campus High School, Hiram Johnson High School, and Tallac Village’s supermarket, there is a lack of street lights. After the sun goes down, the streets are pitch black and dangerous for students and the local residents walking home, especially if cars are speeding.
I walked around these streets to find several people who use them and ask for their opinions.
“I feel unsafe especially when I see the violence that occurs in the light, but can you imagine what can happen at night?” said Johnson student Philip Moore. “I am an athlete for my school and wrestling practice won’t be over until late. The streets I walk have barely any street light which sucks. I don’t like walking in these streets at night, but I have to since I can’t afford any other means of transportation. I want to see a change in these streets.”
“I want more lights in my street, please.” demands Moore.
“I think there should be more street lights,” says local resident Avenia Rivers. “The street I live on, 62nd street, has only one street light. I usually walk to Bel Air since I don’t have my license, nor do I prefer to drive. I am elderly after all. Halloween for my block can be pretty bland.
Bystanders that I surveyed agreed that more street lights would make them all feel safer in their neighborhood at night.
Thanksgiving is the holiday of family, food and most importantly giving. Giving back to people in need is exactly what thousands of people will do on Thanksgiving morning during the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) 19th annual Run to Feed the Hungry.
Run to Feed the Hungry consists of two races, a 5K and a10K course that wind through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento. The 10K race starts at 8:35 am, the 5K at 9:00 am. The longer course will take its runners west down J Street, around McKinley Park to Elvas Avenue to the finish line back on H Street.
The most important part of Run to Feed the Hungry is fundraising. Each year thousands of families, volunteers and elite runners raise funds – from small to very large amounts – for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services who relies on these funds to support the programs they offer all year long. 100% of all donation dollars raised goes directly to the SFBFS to be budgeted for all new and existing programs. As a result of this event’s fundraising success, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is able to offer its services free of charge to families in need in our community.
There are several ways to be involved with Run to Feed the Hungry so that everyone is able to help out in someway. People can choose to run in the race themselves, sponsor a runner or a team of runners, volunteer to help out during the day of the race or give donations towards this cause. Since Thanksgiving is the holiday of giving back, what better way to do so by partaking in an event that is not only healthy for your own mind and body, but creating a healthier world for people in need?
To find out additional information about how to get involved with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ 19th annual Run to Feed the Hunger you can check out their website, http://www.runtofeedthehungry.com/. For general information call (916) 313-7654.
The Foothill Farms Community Task Force has been addressing the hopes and concerns of citizens in the Foothill Farms area for about seven years now. Anything from traffic violations to the need for more books in the hands of children throughout the community is discussed in order to make our part of Sacramento a better place.