CMA’s Investment with Feeding America to Help Provide 4 Million Meals* Across the U.S.
CMA Launches Donation Challenge to Fund Additional 1 Million Meals*
CMA has announced a new partnership with Feeding America® as part of its ongoing Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) initiative. CMA’s investment with Feeding America will help provide an estimated 4 million meals* to individuals and families in several cities across the country, many heavily populated with music industry professionals. Markets include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington, DC.
To further boost supply to food banks across the country, CMA has also launched a donation challenge to fund an additional 1 million meals* through Feeding America. Visit CMAworld.com/feeding-america to learn more and join the donation challenge. All funding provided by CMA and through the donation challenge will increase access to food and other essential household supplies, and help to support food bank operations, which may include securing equipment and staffing.
“We see firsthand the ongoing need for critical resources including food supply here in Nashville and throughout Tennessee, where more than 50,000 music professionals have been affected by the pandemic, but there are hundreds of thousands of individuals in cities all around the country who continue to suffer,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We are so proud to partner with Feeding America to expand their efforts in serving people who are food insecure. While it is encouraging to see our industry begin to reopen, we know we still have a long way to go, which makes our MICS efforts even more crucial at this time.”
Industry professionals in need of food assistance are encouraged to visit FeedingAmerica.org and click “Find a Food Bank.” Food banks directly sponsored by CMA’s investment are as follows:
- Atlanta Community Food Bank – Atlanta, GA
- Central Texas Food Bank – Austin, TX
- The Greater Boston Food Bank – Boston, MA
- Greater Chicago Food Depository – Chicago, IL
- North Texas Food Bank – Plano, TX
- Houston Food Bank – Houston, TX
- Los Angeles Food Bank – Los Angeles, CA
- Feeding South Florida – Pembroke Park, FL
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee – Nashville, TN
- Feeding South Louisiana – New Orleans, LA
- Food Bank of New York City – New York, NY
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida – Orlando, FL
- Philabundance – Philadelphia, PA
- Oregon Food Bank – Portland, OR
- Food Lifeline – Seattle, WA
- Capital Area Food Bank – Washington, DC
As the premiere membership association for the Country Music industry, CMA is the leading voice representing all professionals making a living in Country Music globally, serving as a critical resource of information and providing a forum for industry leadership. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization extended its mission to support all music professionals within the business with its COVID-19 relief efforts, regardless of genre. Today’s announcement of CMA’s partnership with Feeding America follows several previously announced nonprofit investments funded through CMA’s $3 million long-term COVID-19 commitment that began in early 2020. Additional nonprofit investments through the MICS initiative include Music Health Alliance, Musically Fed, MusiCares, Notes for Notes, Porter’s Call, The Store and Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen.
Established as a portal for key resources in the categories of food supply, health and wellness, and career services, CMAmics.com helps to connect industry professionals with appropriate nonprofit partners offering critical support. Those in need are encouraged to visit the website and utilize the new chatbot feature to learn more about specific resources available. CMA will announce further nonprofit investments in the coming weeks.
*$1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.