‘FoodStock’ set for Nov. 21 Local men form new effort for hungry

By on November 14, 2012

By: ROCHELLE A. SHENK Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

FoodStock, a new local non-profit, is hosting “ThanksgivingBack” — an evening of music and dancing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Lancaster Elks Club, 219 N. Duke St.

This party with a purpose will feature music by Lancaster blues/soul band D.C. & Co. along with special guests Dreamweaver & E-Man and will raise funds to aid the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Area musicians Todd Fulginiti and Tom Hayden are the founders of Foodstock. Fulginiti is not only a musician and composer, he also serves on Lititz Borough Council, is the music teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School and the director of the fifth and sixth grade chorus. In addition to performing with local music groups, Hayden may be familiar to Ephrata residents as a letter carrier for over 26 years.

“People may not know my name, but they know my face. As I walk my route I see the same faces over and over,” he said.

As a postal carrier, he’s been involved with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This nationwide food drive has been held the second Saturday in May (the day before Mother’s Day) for the past 20 years.

“That day is always amazing. For those of us who have walking routes, it’s a team effort. I usually have the day off, but I and a number of other carriers’ families volunteer to help collect the food items for carriers such as myself who have walking routes. We rent a truck and load to collect the donations, and then deliver them to the food bank in Lancaster. Seeing the help it provides motivated me to want to do something on my own right here in our community. Local food banks really can use help filling the shelves,” Hayden said.

He was initially considering a food drive, but thought a fundraising effort would allow food banks more flexibility.

“Like many other musicians, Todd and I have both been involved in other benefit performances. This way we can not only tap into our music connections, but also use our talent to benefit the community,” Hayden explained.

He added that the name FoodStock is a play on words involving the organization’s mission — raising funds to help stock food pantry shelves. Proceeds will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and distributed to local food banks.

He said that FoodStock was originally envisioned as a one-day music festival, but that is in the future. Right now the organization is focusing on hosting several smaller events such as ThanksgivingBack.

“This is our first event, but we’d like to grow to hosting several events throughout the year,” he said. “There’s a need to help fill the shelves at food banks throughout the year –one or two circumstances can put anyone in need of assistance.”

Hayden said that the event’s name, Thanksgiving Back, also has its roots in the local music scene. ThanksgivingBack originated in 2001 as a benefit organized by Dave Costarella of D.C. & Co. Over the course of 10 years, the benefit raised over $30,000 for local charities.

Now Hayden said the event is being revitalized by FoodStock. Held on Thanksgiving eve, which Hayden said is a popular night for parties, the evening of music and dancing will also feature food, including sandwiches and desserts, door prizes, and a cash bar. There will also be an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items at the event.

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at foodstockpa.org and at Valentino’s Café, 128 Rider Ave., Lancaster. Monetary donations may also be made online or sent to FoodStock, PO Box 53, Lititz, PA 17543. More FOODSTOCK, page A18

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