Rockford Symphony Orchestra participates in National Food Drive

ROCKFORD (RSO) -- The Rockford Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Rock River Valley Pantry is participating in the 3rd Annual “Orchestras Feeding America” national food drive.

“Orchestras Feeding America,” created by the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America, has seen more than 250 orchestras from all 50 states collect over 300,000 pounds of food, making this the single largest orchestra project serving communities nationwide.

The RSO is collaborating with the Rock River Valley Pantry to collect food at performances and at the RSO Administrative Offices from March 12-31. All concert goers who attend the March 12 RSO Star Pops concert and the March 26 Baroque & Beyond Classics Concert are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items the evenings of the performances.

“The Rock River Valley Pantry is very excited about the opportunity to partner with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and its supporters to fight hunger in our community.

Their food donations will stay local and help us meet the needs of the 2,600 households that utilize our services each month,” says Executive Director Kim Adams-Bakke.

The three Pantry locations provide a total of nearly 375,000 balanced meals a year.

Preferred item donations include canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, rice, cereal, tuna, and skillet meals.

Contributions can be made at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office, 314 N. Main St., or the RSO Administrative Offices at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St, during business hours. More information about Orchestras Feeding America is available at

Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Steven Larsen, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra is a leading arts organization in the Rockford Region and the third largest symphony orchestra in the state of Illinois. The RSO is made up of 85 professional musicians who perform 17 concerts per year--including classics, pops, ballet, and opera for an estimated annual audience of 30,000. The RSO was named the 2007 Orchestra of the Year for Illinois.

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