The Eastman School of Music is participating in “Orchestras Feeding America,” the first national food drive by America’s orchestras, and will be collecting food and monetary donations now through Monday, March 30. Collection bins will be located throughout that period in the Main Hall, Miller Center, Messinger Hall, and the Student Living Center, with all donations going to Foodlink Rochester.
At Eastman, the food drive coincides with several events going on during the two-week period, including the five-day Womenin Music Festival, providing numerous opportunities for staff, faculty, students, and visitors to bring and drop off donations.
Donations of the following items are being accepted: dry and canned soup, rice, powdered or canned milk, macaroni and cheese, cereal, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, canned meats, stew, pasta, and fruit juices and sip-sized juices.
Items that cannot be accepted are items in glass jars or bottles, unlabeled or dented cans, any open or resealed packaging, perishable or homemade foods, expired products, clothing, diapers, or other non-food items.
Monetary donations can be made on the Foodlink website (http://www.foodlinkny.org/) or brought to the Eastman School Bake-off event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in 220 Miller Center.
“Orchestras Feeding America” is a collaboration of the League of American Orchestras, Feeding America, and Participant Media. Approximately 240 organizations across the United States have signed up to participate in the food drive. The initiative was inspired by the upcoming film The Soloist, which stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The movie is based on the true story of a schizophrenic and homeless Juilliard-trained string player.
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