Rock for Food: A Food Drive for Santa Fe’s Hungry, Nov. 12

| - October 19, 2011

"All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of The Food Depot, Kitchen Angels and the Youth Shelter..."

What started as an argument about genetically modified food turned into an idea for a rocking event that will help feed Santa Fe’s hungry this Thanksgiving.

“I am fed up with the creation of genetically modified food in this country, and the control that Monsanto has,” says local artist Grant Kosh, of the issue that sparked the argument. “And my brother, Stosch Dembitsky, is fed up with my complaining about it.”

After a morning of back and forth on the subject, Kosh and Dembitsky asked the question: Rather than complaining, what can we DO about it? The solution wasn’t clear immediately.

“It is just too overwhelming an issue,” Kosh acknowledges. Instead of losing hope, however, the brothers realized that if they wanted to change things they would have to start right here in Santa Fe. “We can’t change the politics overnight, but we can help the people right in front of us now,” says Kosh. From this realization was borne a benefit concert series called Rock For Food, happening at Warehouse 21 on November 12.

The event features eight bands, five DJs, a performance by 3HC Harambe Movement dance troupe, an art show and sale and two massage chairs. "We're also holding a huge raffle with all kinds of goodies donated from local businesses and artists,” added Kosh. All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of The Food Depot, Kitchen Angels and the Youth Shelter.

Rock for Food offers guests a special opportunity to give back to their community, while enjoying entertainment from some of Santa Fe's top-notch talents,  said event coordinator and local music advocate Mike Clymer. "I grew up here and I relied on Warehouse 21 when I was young, so I know how much giving back to your community can impact people," said Clymer, who runs the website "I hope that putting on this event will, in some small way, help enforce that strong sense of community and help feed the hungry local families that we, unfortunately, don't hear much about."

According to a recent analysis of food hardship data released by the Food Research and Action Center and published on the Food Depot web site, more than 28 percent of New Mexico families with children are unable to afford a reasonable amount of food. The data for households without children is roughly 16.5 percent. For Kosh and Dembitsky, these numbers need to drop.

“We who can help should,” said Kosh. “Rock For Food is a local event, put on by locals for locals. It's time to get back to communities being self sustaining and becoming more of a family. We can start by helping those who need it first.”

For more information on the bands, DJs, artists, and what to bring click here.


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