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This month, Lisa Shpilberg writes about Rock and Wrap It Up…
Rock and Wrap It Up (RWU) is an antipoverty 501 (c)(3) non-profit devoted to the recovery of food and other assets which are used to support agencies fighting poverty throughout North America. Since 1991 they have fed over 1 Billion people and partnered with over 150 touring bands and 90 professional sports teams to make sure left over food from backstage catering and concessions (that has been prepared but not served) goes to feed local impoverished communities. RWU also understands that food that goes into landfills is bad for our environment and created a Whole Earth Calculator for their partners to access total pounds of food donated converted to meals and greenhouse gas emission reduction. This helpful tool allows partners to see the impact of their donations.
RWU grew its routes in the music industry getting bands like The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Neil Diamond and many many more to sign on to it’s cause. RWU’s additional food recovery partnerships include educational institutions, the hospitality industry, hospitals and TV/film productions. RWU also works to support Veterans with the creation of a database of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that will feed at-risk veterans, their families and care-givers at no cost as well as a toolkit with many resources to help veterans transition out of service. In 2008 RWU helped pass the Federal Food Donation Act which encourages federal agencies and contractors to donate leftover food to shelters, pantries and other agencies that serve the hungry. They are now trying to get this act passed on a state level. Tennessee was the first state to pass this legislation and they are working diligently to get this act passed in every state in the US.
RWU does a few different fundraising events a year based around music. The last event was the sold out Grateful Dead Appreciation Night at the Brooklyn Bowl featuring Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti, Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis, multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson, moe. guitarist Al Schnier and
Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard. For more information go to https://www.rockandwrapitup.org/