Orchestras Feeding America
Over the past ten 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 2018 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.
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.”
|Arapahoe Philharmonic||March 10|
|Arkansas Symphony Orchestra||April 14 - May 13|
|Berkeley Symphony Orchestra||February 1|
|The Cleveland Orchestra||January 10-24|
|Columbus Symphony||March 23-24|
|Conway Symphony Orchestra||March 3|
|Delaware Symphony Orchestra||March 23|
|Florence Symphony Orchestra||April 30|
|Handel & Haydn Society||March 23-25|
|Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra||March 10|
|Johnson City Symphony Orchestra||March 19-24|
|The Metropolitan Orchestra of New York||March 2018|
|Lake Forest Symphony||April 7-8|
|Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra||April 24- May 12|
|North Valley Symphony Orchestra||March 3|
|Northern Valley Youth Orchestras||March 11|
|Norwalk Symphony Orchestra||Before each scheduled concert|
|Orchestra of Southern Utah||February 2018|
|Orpheus Chamber Orcheestra||March 24|
|Philadelphia Sinfonia Association||March 2018|
|Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra||March 11|
|Quad City Symphony Orchestra||March 2018|
|Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra, Inc.||June 3-10|
|Southwest Florida Symphony||March 2018|
|Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MO)||April 21, 2018|
|Stamford Symphony||March 17-18|
|Symphony of the Lakes||May 5|
|The Venice Symphony||March 16-17|
|Walla Walla Symphony||February 11|
|Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra||Year-round|
|The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra||March 4|
|Wilmington Symphony Orchestra||February 3|
|Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra||Beginning in February|