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Rock Out To Knock Out Hunger Food Drive

Rock Out To Knock Out Hunger

Songs about mama, pick-up trucks and wild nights on the town.

Those may just be your first references when someone mentions country music.

And yeah, there are plenty of those songs playing in regular rotation on local country stations WIL 92.3 and 93.7 The Bull.

But one other common denominator for country music artists – and musicians in general – is an overwhelming sense of responsibility to the community and the world.

Once again this year, country music artists – and artists from other genres too – are helping the St. Louis community by raising food and funds for families in need.

With the help of Live Nation St. Louis, the St. Louis Area Foodbank will be at each of the following concerts for a program called Rock Out to Knock Out Hunger.

At each concert, fans who donate to the St. Louis Area Foodbank will have the chance to win great prizes, including meet and greet passes with the artist, ticket upgrades and memorabilia.

For every $5 donation or donation of five canned goods, fans get one chance in the drawing for one of those awesome prizes.

Upcoming Shows

May 9 Brad Paisley
May 23 Tim McGraw
June 7 The Zac Brown Band
June 14 Luke Bryan
June 27 Kenny Chesney
July 27 Blake Shelton
August 16 Rascal Flatts
August 23 Keith Urban
September 6 Miranda Lambert
September 20 Jason Aldean
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Foodbank Team

So take a few extra minutes and pick up some canned goods or extra cash. Drop it by the Foodbank table outside the gates at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater just before the concert.

See us at the following concerts. We’ll update here when we confirm other concerts!


Bethany Prange
Bethany Prange is the communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.


Widespread Panic – Music Fans Feeding Families in Need

“Oh children from my brood they come and bring me food.”
– “Blue Indian” by Widespread Panic

The band Widespread Panic first began doing food drives at their concerts in 1999 with the fan-based organization Panic Fans for Food.

Since then, the band has been hosting food and funds drives at select shows on their tour and engaging their fans to get involved. Several fans heard about this week’s drive through Widespread Panic’s e-newsletter.

In October 2011, the fans of Widespread Panic generously donated food and funds that was the equivalent of 866 meals!

This year, fans attending the April 9 & 10, 2013 concerts donated $196.45 and 211 pounds of food to the St. Louis Area Foodbank! That will help provide 906 meals for the area’s hungry.

Everyone that made a donation was entered to win 3-D lenticular poster. Congratulations to the big winner – J. McDermott!





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Patrick Delhougne is the development associate at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.


St. Louis Fans Are The Best By Country Mile


Some young fans stop by the Foodbank’s booth to make a donation before the Jason Aldean concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater / Photo by Bethany Prange

We knew St. Louisans were some hard-core country music fans.

But now we know those country fans are a dedicated and generous bunch!

This summer, the St. Louis Area Foodbank partnered with Live Nation St. Louis and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to host the Sevens Are Wild food and funds drive.

The Foodbank was there outside the gates chatting with fans as they lined up at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to see these acts this summer:

• Brad Paisley
• Miranda Lambert
• Lady Antebellum
• Rascal Flatts
• Zac Brown Band
• Toby Keith (food drive cancelled due to weather)
• Jason Aldean

At the concerts, fans did much more than just enjoy some rocking music.

They also donated a total of $2,495 and 354 pounds of food to the St. Louis Area Foodbank!

For every donation, fans were entered into a raffle for some amazing prizes. Over the summer, lucky fans got to meet Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and hang out with Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown!

Last weekend, one very excited fan won a ticket upgrade to the Jason Aldean concert! She was so happy she cried!

Fans who donated to the Foodbank also cast their votes for their favorite St. Louis country music radio station. All summer, it was neck and neck between 93.7 The Bull and WIL 92.3.

After counting the votes from the final event at the Jason Aldean concert, the Bull came out at the winner with 287 votes. But WIL was close behind with 247!

Thanks to the generous support from country music radio and country fans, the St. Louis Area Foodbank will be able to provide 9,610 meals to families in need in the bi-state region.

We offer a huge thank you to the fans, WIL 92, The Bull, Live Nation St. Louis and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for your support.

And we can’t forget those amazing country artists who provided prizes for donors!

Check out some great photos of St. Louis country fans at the concerts!

Bethany Prange is the communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank


Cans of Corn Could Get You Backstage


Fans donate to the Foodbank for their chance to meet Brad Paisley / Photo by Ryan Farmer

Few things say summer like outdoor concerts.  It seems like a rite of passage to grab a blanket and a couple of your best friends for a night of music under the stars at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

There is little that compares with watching your favorite artists perform the songs you’ve belted out alone in your car a thousand times before, with the exception of going backstage to profess your admiration firsthand.  We would like to give you that opportunity.

For the second year in a row, the St. Louis Area Foodbank is partnering with Live Nation on a summer-long food drive outside the amphitheater.  Last summer, the Foodbank collected nearly 20 tons of food to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the amphitheater.  This summer, “Sevens Are Wild.”

Live Nation is bringing seven great country concerts to St. Louis.  Artists like Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean will entertain the masses like they have done so many times both here and across the country.  For every $7 donation or seven non-perishable food items donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank outside the gates, fans will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to meet that night’s headliner.

We’ve enlisted both local country stations, 92.3 WIL and 93.7 The Bull, to help get the word out.  We know that country music has some of the most generous fans you’ll ever find, but we want to know which station can generate the most donations.

The station that brings in the most by the end of the summer will receive a special prize from Live Nation to give away to its listeners in any manner they see fit.  It’s a friendly competition where the real winners are hungry families throughout the bi-state region.

For a complete list of “Sevens Are Wild” shows, please click here.

We know that the decision to donate to a charity is an important one and there are many different choices out there.  We are thankful to have partners like Live Nation who are offering up once in a lifetime experiences to St. Louis country music fans in return for making a donation that may change someone’s life.

Ryan Farmer


Ryan Farmer is the communications manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank