A Musician-led Initiative to fight hunger in our local communities
Musicians volunteer their time & talent
All audience donations go to a local pantry

Read our full Mission Statement, find out more about our participating musicians, and see a list of pantries we have supported.

Food Insecurity In the US

Food Insecurity in the US
  • MFF concerts have funded over 900,000 meals...read more
  • Supported more than 100 hunger-relief organizations
  • 100% of concert donations benefit food pantries
Please read about hunger in the US here

Musicians Talk About Music for Food

We believe both music and food are essential to human life and growth. Music has the power to call forth the best in us, inspiring awareness and action when artists and audiences work together to transform the ineffable into tangible and needed food resources.

Upcoming Concerts

Purple Martin String Quartet – A Tallahassee Music for Food Concert
Tallahassee, FL     Sunday, July 21, 2019

Purple Martin String Quartet

Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima” (1985)
Robert Schumann String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1 (1842)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N. Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312

The magic of chamber music performance continues when Music for Food Tallahassee presents the Purple Martin String Quartet playing quartets by Philip Glass and Robert Schumann. The concert will be at 4 PM on Sunday, July 21 at the beautiful Unitarian Universalist Church on North Meridian Road in Tallahassee.

This concert is the second “Music for Food” Tallahassee event, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our communities. The members of the Purple Martin String Quartet are local professional musicians in our community, performing to raise funds that will go directly to our local food pantry partner, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The musicians are Caroline Holden and Ken Davis on violin, Miriam Tellechea on viola, and Zlatina Staykova on cello.

The Philip Glass String Quartet Number 3 was written in 1985 and was composed as music for Paul Schrader’s film about the life of author, playwright and self-styled, latter-day Samurai, Yukio Mishima. The film, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, uses scenes for quartet shot in monochrome that are used to depict childhood flash-backs. Glass wrote this piece knowing that the string quartet might later be performed separately from the movie and in the concert hall.

Robert Schumann wrote only three quartets which he composed in just two months in 1842 following a period of depression. He often idolized his wife Clara in his works, and these pieces were first performed as a present for her on her 23rd birthday. The Purple Martin String Quartet will play the first of these three quartets. Schumann’s writing is lush and emotional and audience members will find that the music evokes a vocal quality to which they can connect emotionally.

In lieu of an admission fee, audience members are asked to give a donation of any amount or non-perishable food donations. All proceeds benefit our local Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank. Please visit www.fightinghunger.org to learn more.

Illinois Chamber Music Special Concert
Bloomington, IL     Monday, July 22, 2019
Mennonite Church of Normal 805 South Cottage Avenue Normal, IL 61761

Student and Faculty groups at the Illinois Chamber Music Festival perform a Music for Food concert to benefit the Home Sweet Home Bread For Life Co-Op, a locally owned organization that helps families struggling with chronic food security issues.

Kneisel Hall Concert to Benefit Blue Hill Food Pantry
Blue Hill, ME     Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Musicians from Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Festival and School

Kneisel Hall Concert Hall

Musicians from the Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Festival and School will present a concert to benefit the Blue Hill Food Pantry on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 7:30PM in the Kneisel Hall Concert Hall.

Eureka Ensemble
Boston     Sunday, October 20, 2019

Eureka Ensemble, Kim Kashkashian, Geneva Lewis, Maria Loudenitch, Tanner Menees, Jing Peng, Andrew Samarasekara, Don Weilerstein, Vivian Weilerstein, Rachel Yi

Telemann–Concerto for 4 Violins in G major, TWV 40:201
Betty Olivero–“Neharót Neharót”
Luke Hsu–Partita for violin and piano
Telemann–Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9

New England Conservatory, Brown Hall

The Eureka Ensemble opens our 10th season of Music for Food concerts in Boston! Join us for an evening of Telemann concerti, Betty Olivero’s musical testament on war and women’s voices, and the premier of Luke Hsu’s “Partita,” written specifically for Music for Food.

All concert donations will support The Women’s Lunch Place.
Suggested donation: $30+; $10+ (students)