It's being called the largest one-day humanitarian event in Sacramento history. In about a week and a half, 15,000 people are expected at Cal Expo for free food, medical services and more.
Now, after an expected delivery was canceled, organizers are looking for food donations. Desperately.
"We're down about 5,000 bags of groceries," said Robin Smith, of Restoration Life Church in Sacramento, which is organizing the five-hour event. "It's a big loss because of how many guests we're expecting."
The Sacramento Convoy of Hope is a collaboration between churches, businesses and volunteers from across the region. Nearly 100 churches of all faiths and 3,000 volunteers including 135 hairstylists have offered to help at the event, which provides food and assistance to those in crisis.
The event will be held from 10 a.m to 3 pm. Nov. 5, at Cal Expo.
The need for more food arose this week when officials from a local food bank said they would not be able to give as much as they thought, citing a drop in donations.
Organizers said the most urgent need is for fresh vegetables for soup. Carrots, potatoes, onions and celery are needed to add to broth donated by Campbell Soup. Rice, beans and pasta are also needed
Every guest will receive a meal of hot dogs, chips and water, said Smith. In addition, every adult will be given two bags of groceries. Medical and dental services as well as job assistance will be provided. Children will be able to play at a kids carnival and families can have their portraits taken. All services are free.
For now, organizers are hoping and praying for more food donations.
"This has definitely created a faith opportunity," said the Rev. Earl Heverly, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Sacramento. "There are a lot of hungry people we would like to feed."
HOW TO HELP
If you want to make a donation to Convoy of Hope, call (916) 549-9922.