Feeding People Through Music – Food Drives
Widespread Panic concert food drives first began with the fan-based organization Panic Fans for Food. This fan organization hosted food drives at WP shows throughout the country from 1999-2007, with the goal of, “feeding people through music.” The effort generated $70,000 and 13 tons of food in 28 cities and was handed off to the band in early 2008.
Since then, the band has been hosting food drives at select shows on their tours, engaging a demographic that is typically more difficult for charities and food drives to reach. To date, the band’s “Feeding People Through Music” endeavor has raised over $236,000 and 42,000 pounds of food for communities across the country.
2021 Food & Fund Drives
- Tunes for Tots (Denver, CO) & Red Rocks with Conscious Alliance collected $11,222.50/2,000 meals combined!
- Wilmington, NC: $2,970 for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC!
- Asheville, NC: MANNA FoodBank Virtual Food Drive collected $3,746, enough to provide 15,000 meals!
- Austin, TX: Conscious Alliance Food and Fund Drive
- Milwaukee, WI: Virtual Food Drive with Hunger Task Force
- New Orleans, LA: Virtual Food Drive with Culture Aid NOLA
2020 Food & Fund Drives
- Feeding American November/December Drive: $10,111 for food banks and pantries across the U.S.
2019 Food & Fund Drives
- Washington, DC: $1,735 Collected for the Capital Area Food Bank
- Port Chester, NY: Food Drive with Conscious Alliance
- Durham, NC: Online Drive with Food Bank of Center and Eastern NC
- N. Charleston, SC: Online Drive with Trondossa Music Festival for Lowcountry Food Bank
- Brandon, MS: 1,361lbs and $1,640.85 collected (with Conscious Alliance)
- Morrison, CO (Red Rocks): 1,250 meals for Food Bank of the Rockies (with Conscious Alliance)
- St. Augustine, FL: $1,212.25 and 265lbs collected with Feeding Northeast Florida
- Nashville, TN: $4,860.72 for the Nashville Food Project
- Pensacola, FL: $1,049 and 77lbs for Feeding the Gulf Coast
- Milwaukee, WI: $1,034 and 123lbs for The Hunger Task Force
- New Orleans, LA: $790 for Feeding Louisiana
2019 totals: $11,296.48 and 1,826lbs
2019 Update from JB
For twenty years, Widespread Panic has been honored to support local Food Banks in the cities where we gather for shows. The practice began thanks to Josh Stack and a growing circle of friends who accepted and delivered donations of food and cash on behalf of the towns’ soup kitchens and pantries. Josh took the cause to other bands and corporate sponsors and is currently working hard to spread the same ethos to influencers nationwide. Organizations such as Conscious Alliance and Feeding America have also been instrumental in this ongoing effort.
Ongoing it is. In the months to come, there will be less of a physical presence of local Food banks at some shows. Times are still lean for many, but the food sharing business has become much more efficient over the years. Bottom line – cash helps more and weighs less than a can or box of food, and manpower is best spent at Home base. Every dollar donated translates into three adult meals (Children’s too!) and can be easily accepted through each local Food Bank’s website.
So Friends, in all our Playing, Dancing, Loving, Living, and Giving – thanks to All for your inspiration and generosity over the past years and those to come.
2018: we raised $10,843.50 and 4,695lbs of food!
2017: $17,963.50 and 6,514lbs of food!
2016: $38,440.48 and 17,683lbs of food!
2015: $35,228.40 and 8,430lbs of food!
2014: $23,671.36 and 3,871lbs of food!
2013: $21,696.08 and 3,086 pounds of food!
2012: $6,318.12 and 634 pounds of food!
2011: $31,600 and 4,400 pounds of food!