2017 Concert to Feed the Hungry

By Daniel Blake

Brass band Slavic Soul Party

This year’s Concert to Feed The Hungry was held on June 17, 2017 at the Middle Collegiate Church in lower Manhattan. Each year, a group of world renowned musicians come together to celebrate and raise funds on behalf of the important work BGR is doing. The concert also celebrates the diversity and remarkable inclusiveness of New York’s music scene, which has been a magnet for the world’s best creative minds for well over a century. This year’s lineup was particularly diverse, featuring the Grammy winning Latin jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill, the legendary saxophonist David Liebman (an NEA Jazz Master), the veteran New York-based Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party!, the traditional Moroccan ensemble Innov Gnawa, and the emerging jazz vocalist Arta Jekabsone. Saxophonist Dan Blake, the concert’s producer and a BGR board member, also performed with Mr. Liebman.

Moroccan ensemble Innov Gnawa

With an ever-widening artistic vision incorporating music and artists from around the world, the Concert to Feed The Hungry is distinct from many benefit concerts one might encounter in New York City. Whereas typical benefit events tend to be directed toward an exclusively wealthy audience with ticket prices often costing many hundreds or thousands of dollars, BGR offers sliding scale tickets as low as $15 for students out of a desire to remain inclusive to people of all income levels. In conceiving of an event that is inclusive, the concert promotes its dual purpose of fundraising, but also of recruiting a younger generation of compassionate individuals who might join BGR’s effort to alleviate chronic hunger and malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable communities. As we continue this work, we look forward to enjoying the inspiring and uplifting music of our compassionate artists for many years to come!

Concert producer Dan Blake on saxophone

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of our newest projects. To see all our projects, please click here.


Bangladesh NEW

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Help fund vocational training for 200 married adolescent girls so they can pursue alternative opportunities and shape their own futures. »


Brazil  NEW

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG GUARANI WOMEN
Support women from the indigenous Guarani Mbya community in promoting and applying traditional agricultural practices in five villages in São Paulo. »


Cambodia NEW

MONITORING THE WELFARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN PRISON
Provide food and hygiene materials for women and infants living in 18 Cambodian prisons, plagued by squalid conditions. »


Cameroon   NEW

EDUCATION OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN - COMPUTER LITERACY
Provide 120 children in need with school furniture, literacy materials, and computers. » »


Haiti

FOOD PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Provide two meals a day, five days a week, to approximately 100 children and 40 adults. » 


India   NEW

EDUCATION AND FOOD AID FOR CHILDREN IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Help in providing three healthy meals a day, seven days a week, to 240 students. » 


Malawi and Kenya

TRAINING FARMERS IN CLIMATE RESISTANT AGRICULTURE METHODS
Training in biointensive climate-resilient farming to increase food production for 450 farmers, of whom 300 are women. » 


Peru   NEW

HELPING GIRLS IMPROVE THEIR NUTRITION, WELL-BEING, AND SCHOOLING
Improve the physical and emotional well-being of 30 young women by funding school supplies and providing workshops on the importance of education, hygiene, and a healthy diet. »


Sri Lanka  NEW

LIVELIHOOD TRAINING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
Provide vocational training and work opportunities for 60 disabled people in the Anuradhabura district. » 



Sudan

INCREASING HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH DARFUR
Provide agricultural training and supplies to an estimated 3,000 individuals, increasing food production by 30 percent. »

 

Uganda NEW

PEACE SCHOOL
Provide assistance to 12 students to attend school. »

U.S. Easton, Pennsylvania

EASTON URBAN FARM
Provide 6,000 pounds of locally grown produce to 800 low-income residents, 600 of them women. Build community through programs including free monthly workshops on urban farming topics. »