For Hometown News
TREASURE COAST -- Members of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are orchestrating a food drive as part of Orchestras Feeding America, a national initiative where America's symphony orchestras help collect food for their local communities.
TCYS musicians are asking concertgoers to bring non-perishable food donations to TCYS concerts on Nov. 4 at the Waxlax Center in Vero Beach, Nov. 11 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, and Nov. 12 at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.
Food collected at each concert venue will be donated to local food banks.
"This is a great way to help combat hunger in our local community," said Shannon Murphy, a sophomore at South Fork High School and TCYS clarinetist. "Our fall musical program, Fantasies and Fairy Tales, will be uplifting for our audience, while our food drive hopes to lift the spirits of those most in need in our community."
According to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, more than 100,000 people along the Treasure Coast face hunger each and every week. With budget cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, scheduled to begin Nov. 1, the need in the community will increase.
South Fork High School sophomore Vicki Li, a TCYS flutist, who joins Murphy in spearheading the project, says that "despite the wealth in our community, there are many residents at or below the poverty level who struggle daily to keep up with the basics."
To support the musicians' food drive, donations can be dropped in collection bins at any of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony performances of Fantasies and Fairy Tales. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Concert tickets can be purchased at each venue, although anyone may contribute to the food drive.
The mission of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is to provide challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians, to broaden their technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of their musical talents for themselves and for their audiences.