Orchestras Feeding America
Over the past eight years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 450 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.
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, 450 League member 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.”
|Name of Orchestra||Date of Food Drive|
|Chandler Symphony Orchestra||March 2017|
|The Children's Orchestra Society||January-February 2017|
|The Cleveland Orchestra||January 2017|
|Conway Symphony Orchestra||March 11, 2017|
|Danbury Prepatory String Orchestra||April 30, 2017|
|Eugene Symphony Association, Inc.||July 2017|
|Gulf Coast Symphony||March 2017|
|Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra||Ongoing|
|Lima Symphony Orchestra||March 2017|
|Mansfield Symphony Orchestra||March 25, 2017|
|Michigan Philharmonic||March 5, 2017|
|Northern Valley Youth Orchestras||March 12, 2017|
|Orpheus Chamber Orchestra||March 2017|
|Piedmont Symphony Orchestra||March 26, 2017|
|Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Association||February 2, 2017|
|South Carolina Philharmonic||March 11, 2017|
|The Orchestra of Southern Utah||February 11, 2017|
|Stamford Symphony||March 4, 2017|
|Walla Walla Symphony||January 22, 2017|