Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s ninth annual Soup’s On fundraiser in January will benefit the Kids Farmers Market, a program of the Food Bank of Yolo County. The event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the St. James Church Memorial Center, 1275 B St. in Davis.
Live music, a silent auction and an activity room for children complement the tasty soups that will be served all evening.
The Kids Farmers Market program is a weekly after-school program that brings a market full of fresh fruits and vegetables to the school yards of the county’s hungriest children. Piloted last spring, the market targets schools with high participation rates in the free and reduced-price meal program and incorporates nutrition education and a physical activity into a creative food distribution experience.
Over the course of an hour, kids have the opportunity to exercise, learn about and sample the vegetable or fruit of the week, and experience a real-live market by using play money to “purchase” up to 5 pounds of fresh produce to take home. In addition, the students receive recipes and other information regarding wellness so they can begin to make their own healthy choices.
Soup’s On attendees are asked to send recipes to Saylor and his staff, who are compiling recipes for this year’s collectible “Soup’s On Cookbook,” which will be available at the event and distributed to the children participating in the Kids Farmers Market program.
“Our focus is on easy, simple, family-friendly soups made with local, nutritious ingredients,” Saylor said.
Tickets are $25 general and $15 for students. Kids under 10 will be admitted free. To RSVP, volunteer, send a recipe or get more information, email Diane Parro at firstname.lastname@example.org.