SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, in conjunction with SMU-in-Legacy and the new Dallas-based choir Resounding Harmony, is launching a 3-week campaign to raise funds and food supplies for the North Texas Food Bank. The campaign is in partnership with the Food Bank’s 3-year “Close the Gap” initiative, which hopes to eliminate the 29-million-meal-a-year shortfall in food available for needy families below the poverty line.
Meadows is spearheading two simultaneous initiatives: a virtual food drive and a traditional canned food drive. The virtual food drive, which will take place Nov. 8-24, allows students, faculty, staff and friends to donate online. The North Texas Food Bank is able to purchase 5 meals for every $1 donated.
In addition, Meadows students will collect canned food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day Nov. 15-24 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center.
Two benefit concerts will feature the 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig. Their inaugural concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The second concert will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and will co-star the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir. Tickets to each concert are $25 per person and are available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978. Resounding Harmony will donate at least 50 percent of the proceeds from each concert directly to the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services.
The food drive unites the Meadows School with partners such as Clear Channel Radio, Art for Peace & Justice, and Hotel Lumen. The goal is to raise at least $5,000 in monetary contributions and 1,000 pounds of food.