Orchestras Feeding America

Over the past eleven years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 370 orchestras from across the country collect and donate more than 520,000 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 2019 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 370 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 2019 Orchestras Feeding America logo, please click here.

View a list of all past participants here.


Arapahoe Philharmonic       March 23
Arkansas Symphony Orchesta       November 9 - 10
Binghamton Philharmonic       February 25 - March 13
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra       March 25 - 31
The Cleveland Orchestra       March 14 - 23
Conway Symphony Orchestra       March 9
Danbury Centre Strings       April 28
Delaware Symphony Orchestra       March 22 - 24
Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale       July 20
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra       April 22-27
Johnson City Symphony       March 18 - 23
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras       March 10
The Orchestra of Southern Utah       February 9
Southwest Florida Symphony       2019
Peoria Symphony Orchestra       March 9-14, 2020
Philadelphia Sinfonia Association       March 2019 
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra       March 10 
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra       2019
Springfield Symphony Orchestra       March 23
Stamford Symphony       March 9 - 10 
Sulphur Springs Youth Orchestra       Spring 2019
The Venice Symphony       February and March  
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra       February 23
Winston-Salem Symphony       November and December