August 23: Jeff Bridges joins the Sacramento Press Club for a panel discussion on child hunger
The Sacramento Press Club welcomes Academy Award-winning actor, musician, photographer and philanthropist Jeff Bridges in his role as spokesman for No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization focused on ending child hunger in the United States. Bridges and Sen. Richard Pan be part of a panel discussion on child hunger moderated by KCRA-TV anchor Edie Lambert.
In California, nearly 21 percent of children under the age of 18 live in households where they don’t regularly have enough to eat. Across the country, 13 million children are facing the same difficulties. No Kid Hungry supports federal programs that help schools serve breakfast, lunch and summer meals to kids in need. The organization also teaches parents and caregivers how to buy and prepare healthy, affordable meals, and works with elected officials and government agencies to strengthen and improve programs. No Kid Hungry is working to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps 20 million kids a year and is at risk in the House of Representatives’ version of the 2018 farm bill. At the state level, NKH supports expansion of Medicaid and other policies that address childhood hunger.
Bridges has worked as an anti-hunger activist and advocate for 30 years, and has served as national spokesman for the No Kid Hungry campaign since 2010. One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a seven-time Academy Award nominee, he won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Bad Blake in the film Crazy Heart. Most recently, he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a retiring Texas Ranger in Hell or High Water.
Pan, a pediatrician and former UC Davis educator, represents the Sacramento area in the California Senate. He chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Before his election to the Senate, Pan co-founded and served as chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future. This summer, he worked with a growing coalition in the Sacramento region called "Million Meals This Summer" to ensure no child goes hungry when school is not in session.
Lambert anchors the 5, 6:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts on KCRA-TV in Sacramento. Highlights of her career include interviews with former President Barack Obama and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Her work has aired on NBC stations around the nation, and it has earned her two Emmy Awards and seven Emmy nominations. Lambert holds a degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. As a former SPC board member, she lead the scholarship committee for seven years.
About the lunch
Date: Thursday, August 23
Time: 11:15 a.m. registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1231 I Street, Third Floor
Purchase Deadline: Wednesday, August 22 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members