Turn Your Music into Meals

Music 2 Meals LogoMusic has been an important part of the history of Long Island Cares, Inc. since our organization was founded in 1980 by the late singer, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin. Since then, as our region’s very first food bank, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank has incorporated music into many aspects of our operations.

Several members of Long Island’s music industry serve on our Board of Directors, and our organization has a dedicated Music Industry Council comprised of leaders in the regional and national music industry including D’Addario and Company, Korg USA, James Faith Entertainment, Connoisseur Media, NYCB Live: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, My Fathers PlaceNYCB Theatre at Westbury, and Looney Tunes Music.  Many prominent musicians and performers – including Billy Joel, Dee Snider, Rascal Flatts, Tom Chapin, Pat Benatar, and others have lent their support as do major concert venues and festivals. Even student musicians have gotten in the act through our annual Harry Chapin Practice-A-Thon, a unique program organized by local school districts in which students secure pledges for each minute they practice their instruments, donating all of the proceeds to Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Numerous artists have generously autographed one-of-a-kind drumheads that have been beautifully custom-framed by our friends at Long Island Picture Frame which, are available for a donation to Long Island Cares.  For a list of currently available drumheads in our Beat an End to Hunger campaign, please call our Development Department at (631) 582.3663 Ext 104.  All proceeds support the Long Island Cares’ Endowment Fund.

Now, your community group, band or business can “Turn Your Music into Meals,” too, by hosting a musical program or event to support Long Island Cares, our region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organization.

Some ideas for school fundraising events include:

  • Concerts
  • Band Performances
  • Theater Performances
  • Chorus Performances
  • Dance Performances
  • Poetry Readings
  • Broadcasts

Long Island Cares will provide food collection boxes and posters, and we will pick up the boxes after your event. We could even be part of your musical event, if you like, and would be happy to join you with our display tent, pop-up displays, informational literature, truck and giveaways. We can also assist you in promoting your event through our website, Facebook, Twitter and email announcements, which reach more than 10,000 people combined.

Ready to join with Long Island Cares to “Turn Your Music into Meals” – and make a difference in the lives of thousands of our neighbors in need? Complete the form below or contact us now.

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    Our boxes are three feet tall and hold up to 100 pounds of food.
    Long Island Cares operates Monday through Friday from 830AM to 430PM. If your event is in the evening or on a weekend, we please ask that you deliver the donations to us. If you are not able to deliver to us we will gladly discuss other options with you.
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