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On the road with State Radio! January 22, 2009

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Yup, back out with our old friends State Radio to BE THE CHANGE!

This time around we’re not only doing food drives, but also a plethora of awesome service projects where you can join the band in serving YOUR community before a show!

It’s not hard to help.
Here’s how:

1. Bring a bag of non-perishables to an upcoming show and help fill those vacant shelves. Whether it’s a single can or an entire box of food, every little bit makes a difference.
And if you bring three items or more, you’ll be entered to win a State Radio t-shirt of your choice and an autographed poster!

2. Volunteer with Rock for a Remedy and collect food items at an upcoming show in your area.

3. Join Chad, Chuck, and Mad Dog in service at a food bank or soup kitchen in select cities. Volunteering allows local organizations to direct more financial resources toward the hungry people really who need them.

http://www.rockforaremedy.org

Click the link.  Volunteer. Be the change!!!

 

Global Food Crisis May 1, 2008

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After nearly two decades of low food inflation, prices for bread, milk, eggs, and flour are rising sharply, surging in the past year at double-digit rates, according to the US Labor Department. Milk prices, for example, increased 26 percent over the year. Egg prices jumped 40 percent!!!

Escalating food costs could present a greater problem than soaring oil prices for the national economy because the average household spends three times as much for food as for gasoline. Food accounts for about 13 percent of household spending compared with about 4 percent for gas.

Several factors contribute to higher food prices, but none more than record prices for oil, which last week closed above $122 a barrel. Oil is not only driving up production and transportation costs, but also adding to demand for corn and soybeans, used to make alternative fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Some one-third of the U.S. corn crop (UP FROM 1/4 not even a year ago) now is devoted to ethanol production, its growth due to a combination of high oil prices and generous government subsidies. When corn prices were lower a few years ago, ethanol was seen as a popular energy alternative. Biofuel mania, or speculating in commodities by hedge fund and traders betting on corn prices, is also responsible for shortages and price increases.

Because of this, corn prices have more than doubled in commodity markets over two years, and soybeans nearly tripled! Unfortunately, poor harvests in major wheat-producing regions have more than tripled wheat prices.

These crops have a major impact on food prices because they form foundations for many products, including oils, sweeteners, and flour. Corn, for example, is a key ingredient in livestock feed. When the price of corn rises, so does the price of feed, and ultimately, so do the prices of meat, poultry, and eggs.

In grim World news, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is struggling to feed the millions of hungry people around the globe. In countries where people subsist on less than $1 per day, many have cut back on meals, only eating several times per week. The UN can buy 40 percent less food than they could last June with the same contribution.

What can you do? Locally, you can continue to support your hometown Food Banks—every small contribution can make a difference. Globally, pay attention to the ongoing debates around big oil production AND production of alternate fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel—while they are both excellent products for the earth, their production is reaking havoc on the hungry of the world. They are made with corn and soy, respectively, and when those crops are going into their production, they are NOT going into the mouths of the hungry.  Something needs to give: biofuels are good for the earth and absolutely need to be produced and utilized—but not at the risk of a continuing food crisis.   Encourage your representatives to address the oil price inflation: the sooner we get it in control, the sooner we can stabilze food prices AND safely produce alternative fuel.

*sources: Boston Globe, U.N World Food Programme

from the Boston Globe, 3.08

 

DMB Tour Wrap up! October 22, 2007

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From the very bottom of RFAR’s heart, THANK YOU ALL for your volunteering, donating and general awesomeness during the duration of DMB’s summer tour!

There is no possible way RFAR can function without the amazing volunteers we have. As a personal note, in the 3.5 years I have been running this organization, I have NEVER experienced such incredible volunteers as I did on this tour. I look forward to working with you again on other tours!

Congrats to all of our winners too…we hope you enjoy your Burton Snowboards prize package and Live Trax Volume 9! Thanks again to our amazing sponsors at Burton and the Chill Program. Interested in learning more about chill? Check them out at http://www.chill.org

These are only early estimates of RFAR’s impact on Dave Matthews Tour based on dollar donation conversions and the poundage reports we HAVE received:

*10000 concertgoer-signed postcards sent to US Senators asking for their leadership on an issue of critical importance to food banks: the passage of a strong 2007 USDA Farm Bill

*between non-perishable food and money collected, RFAR enabled food banks nationwide to collectively distribute over 45,000 meals to food insecure Americans.+

+ Due to not having yet received all of our acknowledgment letters from Food Banks, this is an early estimate–and is very possibly much LESS than what we actually collected.

****You can join in RFAR’s dedication to serving the food insecure in our country by becoming a Member of Rock for a Remedy. RFAR is currently offering an RFAR T-shirt for joining our grassroots organization at the $20 level. Each Membership goes towards allowing Rock for a Remedy to continue our work making a difference through music one tour stop at a time! FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME: As we were unable to make it to a couple of shows on the tour, we have a few remaining copies of Live Trax Volume 9 that we can offer as a Thank You Gift to new members at the $20 level!

Want to join? Send an email to iwill at rockforaremedy dot org!

 

Notes from the road!~ September 11, 2007

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Greetings Friends! Dave Matthews Summer Tour 2007 is halfway through!  RFAR sends its’ love to all of you who have donated non-perishables and dollars to support food banks thus far on the tour!  Also, a huge thank you to our stupendous volunteers…we couldn’t do it without you. 

To those of you we’ll see in the second half, remember, YOU can easily make a huge difference in the life of someone who needs you.  Bring non-perishable, non-glass food donations to your show.   Donate money at the show.  Send your Senators a postcard and ask them to make changes to the 2007 USDA Farm Bill that will improve the lives of the hungry and rural farmers all over the country. 

By the way, please take the time to check out our amazing tour partners.  Go give your support to folks who are tirelessly working to better the planet AND her people. 

Reverb: www.reverbrock.org 

Climate Counts: www.climatecounts.org 

Stonyfield Farms: www.stonyfield.com 

ONE Campaign: www.one.org 

Stay tuned for TWO ridiculously exciting announcements from RFAR coming soon! 

Until good music is the only thing left to hunger for, we’ll be there~RFAR

 

Notes from the road, Summer/2007, Volume One August 20, 2007

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Greetings from beautiful Cleveland Ohio!

Dave Matthews tour has been spectacular so far!  In eight shows, we’ve collected about 2000 pounds of food (a TON) and $2500…and we’re gunnin’ to double that this week.

Our volunteers have been amazing, and we’re so grateful for their hard work and excellent skill.  We look forward to seeing some of them again this tour, and definitely in tours to follow.

Coming to a show?  Make sure to bring some non-perishables along…and come see us at the table.Already been to a show?  Grabbed an RFAR window decal? Slap that sticker on your car…and if we see you out on the road, we’ll post your car make and model and state of licence plate up on our blog.  If you can contact us with the right licence plate number, we’ll send you a copy of the latest DMB Live Trax from Los Vegas!

Thanks to those who have donated and/or sent a postcard to their Senators about reallocation of money in the USDA Farm Bill.  YOU are making a difference.

See you on the road,  RFAR

 

ROCK FOR A REMEDY PARTNERS WITH DAVE MATTHEWS BAND July 30, 2007

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Rock for a Remedy, Inc. (RFAR) has partnered with the Dave Matthews Band for their Summer 2007 national tour to raise donations and awareness for the nation’s food insecure. Every show on the tour from Camden, NJ to Los Angeles, CA* will host a food drive to directly benefit an area food bank. Fans are asked to participate in these efforts by bringing non-perishable, non-glass food items for donation to their neighbors in need.  Every person who donates 5 cans or more will be entered into a nightly drawing to win the latest Live Trax album from Dave Matthews Band (Volume 9) – a 4-CD set recorded March 23-24, 2007 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Our friends at the Burton Snowboards CHILL Program have donated some awesome gear you can win too!!


RFAR is also encouraging concertgoers to stop by their table to show their support for our countries’ farmers and food assistance recipients. Fans will be able to sign and send their Senators a postcard, encouraging them to pass the crucial provisions to the 2007 USDA Farm Bill. 
RFAR’s official website, http://www.rockforaremedy.org lists the most up-to-date information about this initiative as well as news about additional incentives fans can win for participating in their designated food drive!

 

RFAR SUMMER TOUR 2007….drumroll PLEASE! July 24, 2007

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Greetings Friends,

After many weeks of excitement and hand wringing, RFAR is thrilled to finally announce our Summer 2007 tour!

Beginning August 7 in Camden, NJ, the staff of RFAR will be joining the Dave Matthews Band for the duration of the tour! 32 shows and over 700,000 concertgoers, all given an easy opportunity to help the hungry in their own communities. We will be accepting non-perishable items and dollar donations to be contributed locally at every tour stop. You’ll also be able to take a stand to encourage legislators to better address the needs of food assistance recipients by signing a postcard urging elected officials to repair the damaged USDA 2007 Farm Bill, just by visiting the RFAR table.

Here’s the part you’ve been waiting for: WE NEED YOU! RFAR will be in need of volunteers to support our road staff for every show on the tour! If you are interested, please send your name, phone number, show preference, and a little something about WHY you want to volunteer for RFAR. Please note: Chosen volunteers will receive a working pass, which entitles you to lawn viewing only. We expect all volunteers to be volunteers first, concertgoers second. You’ll be able to enjoy the show, but after the food drive has been wrapped up! Please send your email BY August 1st to iwill@rockforaremedy.org , please be sure to write DMB Volunteer: (Venue Name) in the subject line. We ask your patience and understanding in this process–we expect a lot of email!

TOUR DATES: http://tourdates.davematthewsband.com/

Please check our “currently being renovated” website in the coming week as we update tour dates and pictures from Spring Tour! While you’re there, be sure to check out our Tour Sponsors page and give them some love. Speaking of sponsorship, did you know that you can support the work of RFAR by donating on our webpage? Any amount helps us stay on the road, providing education and action around hunger relief. If you itemize your taxes and require a tax exempt receipt, please indicate that with your donation. All receipts will be mailed by RFAR in late fall, after the tour is finished and evaluated. Please understand that with a small staff entirely engaged on the road, we will be unable to mail receipts until after this tour is wrapped and evaluated. We appreciate your patience!

Stay tuned for another email specifically about the Food Drives and the raffle goodies we’ve lined up for one lucky winner a night on the tour!!

 

 
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