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Conscious Alliance is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment

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2525 Arapahoe Ave, Ste. E4-182
Boulder, CO 80302

2525 Arapahoe Ave, Ste. E4-182
Boulder, CO 80302

Conscious Alliance is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment

Volunteers, musicians, fans and brands serve 3 Million meals through ‘Art That Feeds’
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Volunteers, musicians, fans and brands serve 3 Million meals through ‘Art That Feeds’

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Conscious Alliance expands in 2018 with new volunteer opportunities and natural food partnerships_x000D_ _x000D_ Hunger relief and youth empowerment organization Conscious Alliance announces today a major achievement for all fighting hunger in the U.S.: The Boulder-based nonprofit, thanks to volunteers, music fans, natural food brands, musicians and artists all over the country, has served three million meals to hungry families and children without access to reliable food sources. ¬†_x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_ To celebrate the milestone achievement, Conscious Alliance will host a specialty ‚ÄòArt That Feeds‚Äô Food Drive on June 1 ‚Äì 3 at the Bassnectar shows at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The first 150 patrons who donate 20 non-perishable food items or make a suggested monetary donation will receive a one-of-a-kind lunchbox designed by artist Charlie An AKA XLUSIV, reflective of the organization‚Äôs support of healthy food for school children on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Conscious Alliance will host more than 20 ‚ÄòArt That Feeds‚Äô Food Drives this summer, at festivals and shows including Electric Forest, Sonic Bloom, Phish, Dead & Company, STS9 and more._x000D_ _x000D_ Conscious Alliance served its first two million meals over 13 years of operation, hitting the milestone in December 2015. Thanks to new programs and a strong portfolio of natural food partners, the organization was able to more swiftly serve an additional one million meals in less than three years._x000D_ _x000D_ In addition to continuing its signature food drives, Conscious Alliance added and expanded partnerships with natural and organic food companies including Organic Valley, Justin‚Äôs, Plum Organics, Jackson‚Äôs Honest, Love Grown Foods, Quinn Snacks, Angie‚Äôs Boom Chicka Pop, PROBAR and more, with a new focus on educating and encouraging brands to donate ‚Äúclose-to-code‚Äù product (food that is still good for consumption, but not able to be sold at retail), thus reducing food waste and accelerating the nonprofit‚Äôs ability to swiftly provide more food to those in need._x000D_ _x000D_ ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs fantastic to hear about Conscious Alliance‚Äôs growth,‚Äù said Anne O‚ÄôConnor, Organic Valley‚Äôs Director of Public Affairs. ‚ÄúTheir dedication to serving people in need is an inspiration and Organic Valley is thrilled to work with Conscious Alliance to help get more healthy, organic food into people‚Äôs hands. We appreciate the work they‚Äôre doing and look forward to partnering on the next million meals.‚Äù _x000D_ _x000D_ ‚ÄúWe are determined to bring healthier, higher quality, delicious foods to as many people as possible and are proud to be partnering with Conscious Alliance to further this mission,‚Äù said Maddy Hasulak, Founder and Chief Love Officer at Love Grown. ‚ÄúThey are an amazing organization and we love supporting them as they help change lives.‚Äù_x000D_ _x000D_ Conscious Alliance continues to grow and diversify after 16 years, creating a new volunteer program in 2017 that engages high schoolers, corporate employees and others to spend a few hours assembling dried, healthy packaged soups to stock food banks. _x000D_ _x000D_ ‚ÄúWe partnered with industry experts to design complete meals,‚Äù said Conscious Alliance Executive Director Justin Levy. ¬†‚ÄúThe ingredients were carefully chosen to address what is often missing at food pantries: complete meals for a family of four that include protein, vegetables and fiber. We figured out how to feed a family of four for less than $4.00.‚Äù_x000D_ _x000D_ ‚ÄúThe meals prepared by volunteers are the perfect complement to the donations we get through food drives and food industry partners,‚Äù Levy said. ‚ÄúTogether we are feeding people in need with a wide variety of healthy meals.‚Äù_x000D_ _x000D_ Thanks to musicians like STS9, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, The String Cheese Incident and countless others, plus talented visual artists, passionate music fans and thousands of dedicated volunteers, Conscious Alliance has hosted more than 90 ‚ÄòArt That Feeds‚Äô Food Drives per year for the last 16 years, and continues to support over 28 food banks nationwide and on Native American reservations. ¬†_x000D_ _x000D_ On the Pine Ridge Reservation ‚Äì where 49 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line, the average lifespan is 48 years for men and 52 years for women, and there is one grocery store in a geographic area the size of Connecticut ‚Äì Conscious Alliance uses food drive and brand partner donations to operate a food pantry that feeds 50 families every week, and the ‚ÄòBring Nutrition Home‚Äô backpack program at Loneman School, feeding all 250 students healthy, nutritious food every weekend throughout the school year.