Chinese American Community Provides Access to 33,600+ Meals Through Concert

“Give Where You Live: A Charity Concert to Support North Texas Food Bank” raised awareness and funds to support those facing hunger.

The Royal Music Academy and NiHao Food Bank initiative hosted a charity concert over the weekend that helped provide their neighbors facing hunger with access to more than 33,600 meals.

“The concert was remarkable and beautifully executed, embodying the spirit of giving where we live,” said Bing Xie, co-founder of NiHao Food Bank Initiative. “Kudos to RMA and all those involved. This event stands as a testament to unwavering commitment in raising critical funds for the North Texas Food Bank and expressing gratitude to supporters of NiHao initiatives.”

Called “Give Where You Live: A Charity Concert to Support North Texas Food Bank,” the event was hosted May 4 at the Marshall Family Performing Arts Center of Greenhill School in Addison.

The Royal Music Academy Chamber Orchestra opened the evening with “Palladio” and also performed pieces such as “Memory Palace,” “Schindler’s List,” “As Wished” and “Horses Galloping” by Professor Hongyan Lu, which paid tribute to previous generations of Chinese Americans who brought their traditions and values to America in search of a new life.

As a nod to the Chinese American community’s commitment to fighting hunger, the Royal Music Academy also played “Conquest of Paradise” and “Viva La Vida.”

Steven Lu, co-founder of the Royal Music Academy, said the concert was meant not only to entertain but also to serve as a reminder of the transformative power of music and a community committed to making a difference. “We use the power of music to support those in poverty, expressing our care and influence to our community!” he said.

More than 600 guests attended the concert, including elected officials, such as State Rep. Angie Chen Button and Addison Mayor Bruce Arfsten.

Erin Fincher, Senior Director of Foundation Giving & Strategic Initiatives at the North Texas Food Bank, and Kathryn Cope, Strategic Initiatives Manager, also attended. Erin spoke to the group and thanked NiHao Food Bank Initiative for its impact on those facing hunger. Through the end of 2023, NiHao Food Bank Initiative has provided access to more than 1.6 million meals and raised $360,000 to help end hunger.

NiHao Food Bank Initiative is a volunteer-driven affinity group of the North Texas Food Bank that is made of individuals from the Chinese American Diaspora who are focused on ending hunger in their community. The group supports the Food Bank through advocacy, volunteerism and financial donations.