Read & Feed

Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden

Junior League of Sacramento  (JLS) has partnered with the Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden to provide a significant platform for educating Sacramento-area families on healthy food choices and nutrition.  JLS has committed at least $15,000 and a minimum of 600 volunteer hours over a three year period for the Read & Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden, which will be a focal point for community activities that will bring diverse community members together across culturally different backgrounds. 

The first phase of the program includes developing and maintaining the Colonial Heights Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden and hands-on educational family activities.  Colonial Heights Library is located in an area where 25.1% of the population lives below the poverty line. The neighboring area lacks grocery stores with fresh produce and whole foods a condition which is often referred to as a “food desert.”  The branch of the library has more than 25,000 card holders and averages more than 180,000 annual visits. The Colonial Heights Library is covered by Building Healthy Communities, a ten-year initiative designed to improve the physical, social, economic and service structures that support healthy living in California.  Other phases of the program include expansion of this program to other Sacramento County Libraries within the three year period.

“The Sacramento Library Foundation is thrilled to partner with JLS to bring demonstration gardens to the community through our library,” said April Butcher, President of the Sacramento Library Foundation. “JLS is well-established in this community and its members have tremendous passion, dedication and enthusiasm to help us deliver on our mission to improve our local community.” 

“JLS is proud to partner with Sacramento Library Foundation to continue to improve the local community through the actions of trained volunteers,” said Aimee Gillum, President of JLS.  “We have touched so many facets and needs of our community over the past 70 years, but one thing has remained the same and that is our mission: promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”     

Over its 70-year history, JLS has established or co-established many prominent area institutions including the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home, Yolo Crisis Nursery, Children’s Theatre, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Sacramento Children’s Museum, Crocker Art Gallery Docent Program and Film and Fairytale Town. 

If you would like to get involved with or for more information on the Read & Feed program please contact the Read & Feed Chair Jennie McCarl.