Orchestras Feeding America

Over the past twelve years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 370 orchestras from across the country collect and donate more than 530,000 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 2020 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. .

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View a list of all past participants here.


2020 Participating Orchestras:

Arapahoe Philharmonic     March 27
Conway Symphony Orchestra     February 15
Danbury Centre Strings     May 17
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra     December
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra     March 4
Johnson City Symphony Orchestra     March 16-21
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra     April 21
Michigan Philharmonic     March 15
The Missouri Symphony     June 28
Occidental Symphony Orchestra     February 29
Peoria Symphony Orchestra     March 9-14
Philadelphia Sinfonia Association     March
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra     March 8
Quad City Symphony Orchestra     February 1 - March 1
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra     February 3-8
Southwest Florida Symphony     November 14
Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra     March and November
The Venice Symphony     February 28-29 and March 27-28
Walla Walla Symphony     January 26
Wichita Symphony Orchestra     December 8
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)     April