What We Do
Art That Feeds
We use art as the incentive to inspire people to donate food and funds to our cause. Participants in our ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drives receive an event-specific poster for making a suggested donation of non-perishable food items, or a recommended monetary donation. All food donations we collect are locally distributed to Feeding America Food Bank affiliates in the region where the Food Drive takes place. The money we raise is used to purchase and deliver food in large (bulk) quantities to Native American Reservations across the United States.
Since our inception in 2002, we have hosted hundreds of ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drives at music festivals including Bonnaroo, Power to the Peaceful, and Wakarusa, and at concerts by artists such as The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Jack Johnson, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Phish, Dave Matthews, and many others. Through these collaborations, and partnerships with companies like Whole Foods Market and Justin’s Nut Butter, Conscious Alliance has been able to collect and distribute enough food to provide over 1.7 million meals to people in need nationwide.
In 2005, we successfully built a much needed food storage and distribution facility on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest communities in the country. The unit is used to store and distribute emergency food supplies to more than 100 families at the end of each month when bills are due and emergency food is critical in making it to the next month. We have maintained a full facility over the past few years that we have kept permanently stocked at all times through the generosity of our supporters.
While striving to meet immediate needs through emergency hunger relief efforts, we simultaneously focus on creating sustainable solutions to poverty on reservations by creating opportunities for the younger generation in these communities to thrive. Several projects are directed toward Native American youth as a way for the younger generation to develop and uphold a strong relationship to their community and culture. These youth-oriented programs are intended to cultivate a collective movement to inspire confidence, creativity, hope, and ambition in both native and non-native youth.
Today, Conscious Alliance is stronger than ever and looking toward the future. Over the years the organization has evolved into a dedicated and open-hearted alliance of supporters that includes all ages and demographics. Conscious Alliance is not just the staff and volunteers seen at the Food Drives, but includes every musician, artist, industry supporter, corporate sponsor, and individual who donates food, funds, and time to our cause. These people allow us to continue our mission of providing the basic necessities of life to those in need. We thank all the supporters who have joined us to create a truly unified Conscious Alliance!