Music Teachers Team Up To Feed Hungry Children
Tune in to a rewarding charity. The World's Largest Concert (WLC) is a musical performance in March celebrating Music In Our Schools Month. This year, the organizer of the event, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, is collaborating with Feed The Children (FTC), an international nonprofit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster. Before children can learn music, they must have the most basic of life's necessities, such as food, clean water and health care. That's why MENC is working to raise $
1.2 million to support FTC's important work. The WLC is a sing-along concert that links students around the world through music. It involves an estimated six million students, teachers, and music supporters each year as performers or audience members. Through the support of the PAX Network, PBS stations, educational networks, and the American Forces Television and Radio Network, the program is broadcast across the United States and abroad on the second Thursday in March. This year, the concert will take place on March 9 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. As part of the concert program, MENC and FTC are working together to help children across the country by providing food for those in need-and by supporting children's involvement in music. One hundred percent of all donations through MENC go directly to FTC. With just $8, FTC can feed a hungry child for an entire month. $140 delivers 1,000 pounds of food. FTC is the third-largest relief organization in the U.S., based on private support, and receives a four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, FTC has delivered more than 600 truckloads of emergency food, water and other relief supplies to people in the affected areas.