The Philadelphia Orchestra 2010 Food Drive Donates Equivalent of 10,575 Pounds of Food to Philabundance
The tallies are in! In its second annual food drive, The Philadelphia Orchestra has collected 2,700 pounds of food, which has benefited local communities through Philabundance’s network of food pantries. Over seven concerts from March 4 to March 16, Orchestra patrons, musicians, and staff donated 1,350 pounds of food, which was generously matched by Campbell Soup Company. Monetary donations to Philabundance totaling $875 were received in addition to the collected food. According to statistics from Feeding America, this money is equivalent to approximately 7,875 pounds of food. At each performance, Orchestra musicians and staff were joined by volunteers from Campbell’s and Philabundance to collect donations and spread awareness about hunger in the Delaware Valley. The initiative was part of the National Orchestras Feeding America Food Drive 2010, which is organized by the League of American Orchestras.