Virtual Food Drives 2017

If Music Be the Food NYC

Welcome to “If Music Be the Food…” NYC’s virtual food drive to benefit City Harvest! IMBTF NYC brings professional and student musicians together in public concerts to raise awareness and support for the hungry in New York City through the sharing of great music. Our concerts take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, where we are hosted by Tenri Executive Director Michael Yuge. Students and faculty from the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, students and alumni of the Perlman Music Program, singers and orchestra members of the Metropolitan Opera, members of the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and many other distinguished musicians volunteer their time and talents to share great music with you as together we support our neighbors here in NYC who are struggling with food insecurity. We hope you can join us for this season’s concerts! You many donate directly here via this web site at any time, or bring your monetary donations or non-perishable food items for City Harvest to our concerts at Tenri. For more information please visit and visit our Facebook page If Music Be the Food.

Nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers are facing hunger. That's 1 out of every 5 people in our city. You can make a difference by supporting City Harvest.

City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. This year, we will rescue 118 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it—free of charge—to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, community partners and our own Mobile Markets across the five boroughs. We work alongside our community partners to boost community capacity, expand nutrition education, and strengthen local food systems. For more than 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time.

As our city continues to grapple with the devastating economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of New Yorkers relying on City Harvest has skyrocketed, and thousands of our neighbors are turning to food pantries and soup kitchens for the first time. Please help me make sure that no good food goes to waste while so many of our neighbors are in need. Together, we can make a difference one day, one meal, one person at a time. 


Every $1 donated helps City Harvest feed two New Yorkers for a day. By donating, you’ll help keep City Harvest’s trucks on the road and filled with nutritious food for our neighbors in need. 

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