The internationally acclaimed percussion show “Stomp” has partnered with food banks across the country to “Stomp Out Hunger.”
The program aims to bring attention to the heightened needs of food charities which “have seen an overwhelming demand for food assistance due to the current economic climate, including high unemployment rates and state budget cuts,” according to a Stomp press release. Stomp’s philanthropic efforts to fill food banks began 15 years ago when the show’s producers were looking for a way to give back to the community during the holidays. Partnering with organizations that address food insecurity in the cities on the tour was a natural choice.
Locally, Broadway Grand Rapids, the organization responsible for bringing Stomp to DeVos Performance Hall March 17-19, is asking people to help fill the shelves at Feeding America West Michigan by donating food items. A portion of ticket proceeds will be dedicated to the cause, as well.
“Peanut butter is one of our most requested items,” said Kenneth Estelle, President and CEO of Feeding America West Michigan. “It’s a good source of protein, kids love it and it’s shelf stable! Fruits and veggies are also highly requested, especially now as inflation is impacting everyone’s grocery budget. With food donations down, we’re purchasing a lot of the fresh produce we distribute. We rely on financial donors to continue making these purchases.”
Peanut butter donations can be dropped off at Broadway Grand Rapids offices located at 122 Lyon Street NW Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The food drive ends March 31.
To make a financial donation which will be used to purchase fruits and vegetables, visit the Broadway GR website.
Tickets for the show can be purchased online or at the Broadway Grand Rapids box office located at 122 Lyon St NW in downtown Grand Rapids. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 616-235-6285.