Orchestras Feeding America

Over the past eight years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 360 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 500,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how and why orchestras are so necessary to their communities, beyond providing amazing music.

Join the effort this year to help those in need in your community.

Be sure to sign up to add your orchestra to the list of 2017 participants and to receive materials to help promote your drive including guidelines, a list of most needed food items, hunger facts, and flyers to help promote your drive.

Click here for a list of this year's participants!

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About Orchestras Feeding America:

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in an unprecedented coordinated effort by collecting and donating food to their local food assistance agency or food bank within Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 agencies. Since then, over 360 orchestras have participated in the annual effort.

Orchestras Feeding America was inspired by the film The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., and directed by Joe Wright. The DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures presentation, in association with Studio Canal and Participant Media, was based on the true story of the relationship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player whose mental illness landed him among the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Soloist is a testament to the redemptive power of music and a reminder of our connections to the most vulnerable among us.

“The story of The Soloist reminds us that classical music has the power to sustain spirits and change lives, even under the most difficult circumstances,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Our team effort with Feeding America and The Soloist gives America’s orchestras a way to use that power to make an even greater difference in our communities – to feed both body and soul.”

For more information about getting involved, contact Rachelle Schlosser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


2017 Orchestras Feeding America Participants 

Name of Orchestra Date of Food Drive
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra April 8 - May 14
Binghamton Philharmonic March 18, 2017
Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra April 22 - 23, 2017
Chandler Symphony Orchestra March 2017
The Children's Orchestra Society January - February 2017
Cincnnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra March 3, 2017
The Cleveland Orchestra January 2017
Conway Symphony Orchestra March 11, 2017
Danbury Prepatory String Orchestra April 30, 2017
Delaware Symphony Orchestra March 21, 24 and 26
Des Moines Symphony  July 2016
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra December 2016
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Ongoing
Eugene Symphony Association, Inc. July 2017
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra March 2017
Gulf Coast Symphony March 2017
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra April 1, 2017
Hylton Perforing Arts Center February 12 - March 4, 2017
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Ongoing
Lima Symphony Orchestra March 2017
Mansfield Symphony Orchestra May 13, 2017
Michigan Philharmonic                                                   March 5, 2017
National Philharmonic First Saturday in December
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra April 7-30, 2017
New Sussex Symphony November 18, 2017
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras March 12, 2017
Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Four Upcoming Concerts
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra March 2017
Philadelphia Sinfonia Association March 2017
Piedmont Symphony Orchestra March 26, 2017
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra March 12, 2017
Racine Symphony Orchestra December 2016
San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory To be determined
Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Association February 2, 2017
South Carolina Philharmonic March 11, 2017
Symphony of the Lakes April 29, 2017
The Orchestra of Southern Utah February 11, 2017
Stamford Symphony March 4, 2017
Toledo Symphony Orchestra Throughout March
Utah Philharmonic Orchestra March 4, 2017
The Venice Symphony March 11, 2017
Waco Symphony Orchestra March 18, 2017
Walla Walla Symphony January 22, 2017 
Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra Every concert
Wichita Symphony Orchestra December 2016