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.

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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. .

For the 2018 Orchestras Feeding America logo, please click here.


2018 Participants

Albany Symphony     October 15 - November 11
Arapahoe Philharmonic     March 10
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra     April 14 - May 13
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra     February 1
Big Bend Community Orchestra     October - November, 2018
The Cleveland Orchestra     January 10-24
Columbus Symphony     March 23-24
Conway Symphony Orchestra     March 3
Danbury Centre Strings (formerly Danbury Prep Strings Orchestra)     April 29
Delaware Symphony Orchestra     March 23
Detroit Symphony Orchestra     2018
Florence Symphony Orchestra     April 30
Handel & Haydn Society     March 23-25
Hawaii Youth Symphony Association     April 15-22
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra     March 10
Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra     May 12
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
New Sussex Symphony     November 17
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras     March 11
Norwalk Symphony Orchestra     Before each scheduled concert
Orchestra of Southern Utah     February 2018
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra     November 24- December 2
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra     March 24
Peoria Symphony Orchestra     Fall 2018 
Philadelphia Sinfonia Association     March 2018
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra     March 11
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra     December 1 & 2, 2018
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
Stockton Symphony     TBD
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

View a list of all past participants here.