Dave Matthews Band Rallies STL for Hunger Relief

The Dave Matthews Band hits St. Louis tonight, July 10, 2013, with their summer 2013 tour!

This legendary band will not only provide a night of great live music at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, but they’ll also be fighting hunger and promoting environmental awareness.

The Dave Matthews Band has partnered with REVERB, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in a massive endeavor called the BamaGreen Project. Locally, they’re partnering with us here at the St. Louis Area Foodbank!

  

“The BamaGreen partnership between REVERB, Dave Matthews Band and IZSTYLE began almost 10 years ago, in 2006,” says Paige Roth, volunteer coordinator at REVERB. “In the past we have coordinated coat drives and promoted other causes; this is the first summer focused specifically on food issues.”

At tonight’s concert in St. Louis, Dave Matthews Band will ask fans to bring non-perishable food donations to the show. The St. Louis Area Foodbank will be there to collect food donations outside the main gates.

Once inside the gates, fans can support the Foodbank and hunger relief at the Eco-Village by purchasing a custom Dave Matthews Band basil seed packet for $5.

The Foodbank will use that $5 donation to purchase local produce for St. Louis-area families in need. It’s a great partnership all around!

“Fighting food insecurity and promoting local agriculture are issues that are important to both the Dave Matthews Band and REVERB,” Roth says. “We are excited because this program will connect food resources for people in need with local agriculture, in a meaningful way.”

Ways you can get involved:

  • Donate non-perishable food items at the concert
  • Carpool to the show
  • Visit the Eco-Village at the show
  • Buy food from your local farms as often as possible
  • Connect with the St. Louis Area Foodbank to donate or volunteer

BamaGreen Project is an on-going partnership between Dave Matthews Band, Reverb and IZSTYLE. It encompasses all of the environmental efforts undertaken by the band while on the road, in the studio or at home. In addition to working with the band, the BamaGreen Project is also dedicated to educating DMB fans around the world about how to take simple positive environmental actions.

REVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. Reverb provides turn-key greening programs for artists’ tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with music fans everywhere.

By Bethany Prange
Communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

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