DES MOINES – As part of the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops, the Des Moines Symphony and its partners – Bank of the West, Casey’s General Stores, Hy-Vee, KCCI and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds – held the sixth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger: A Symphony of Caring and collected 2,248 pounds of food and $11,667 in donations for the Food Bank of Iowa. The 2014 Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger – including both monetary and food donations – donated the equivalent of 25,582 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Iowa, making this year’s donation the largest in the six-year history of the event.
Nonperishable items were collected June 2-July 6 at metro area Bank of the West and Hy-Vee locations. Food was also donated at the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert event, where Bank of the West presented a $10,000 check to assist the Food Bank of Iowa.
“Food and fund drives are essential to helping us feed hungry Iowans- for every $1 raised, we can provide 4.5 meals,” says Carey Miller, executive director of the Food Bank of Iowa.
“With the efforts of the Des Moines Symphony, the partners of Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger and all those who participated, we are able to provide food to hungry Iowans across 55 counties with the help they need.”
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $2.8 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which for the past several years attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State. -DMSO-