Feeding the Soul and the Stomach

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s mission is about more than just producing world-class opera. The company is equally invested in connecting people and communities to build a stronger society. It is for that reason that OTSL has decided this year to sponsor its first-ever food drive.


During the 2017 Festival Season, audiences are invited to bring non-perishable food items to any performance. Collection bins have been set up in the lobby, and as of June 14, were already half-full! All donations will go to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is proud to partner with local organizations like the Foodbank, especially given the current production of The Grapes of Wrath. The Joads and their fellow migrants struggled to feed their families, despite working in fields overflowing with ripe fruit. It is dismayingly easy to find need hiding in communities with plenty, and so OTSL wants to take at least a small part in fighting that struggle.


"Every year, more than 392,000 people in the bi-state region rely on the St. Louis Area Foodbank for food assistance,” says Ryan Farmer, Director of Communications for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. “We rely on the generosity of our community to meet those needs. We're thrilled to have a new community partner in the fight against hunger locally in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The food drive in conjunction with The Grapes of Wrath will help us feed more families during a time of great need — the summer months when kids that were receiving free or reduced-price meals at school are now home."


We hope you will join us by bringing a non-perishable item to your next opera performance. Thank you so much for your generosity to our community!