EF food drive sets record with 35,700 meals.

July 7, 2018

EF food drive sets record with 35,700 meals.


ROTHBURY – Electric Forest Festival organizers announced that this year’s Roy Price Memorial Food Drive collected over 35,700 meals to be distributed to local Oceana County communities, setting a new festival record.

This year’s collection is over 15,000 more meals than in 2017, organizers said. To date, Electric Forest has collected and distributed over 145,700 meals to local communities in need.

Electric Forest’s annual food drive encourages festival goers to donate non-perishable food items in exchange for a limited edition Electric Forest Food Drive Poster. Meals are donated to the Price Family Food Bank, which provides food locally to Lebanon Lutheran Church, Rothbury Community Church, Wesleyan Church, Teen Challenge and many other organizations.

Festival grounds cleanup efforts at the Double JJ Resort continue with large items “on track to being totally cleared from the campgrounds within the next few days,” organizers said. The cleanup efforts continue with “’detail’ cleaning – picking up the tiniest scraps of paper – to continue over the coming week.”

Results from the festival’s 2018 Resource Recovery program as part of the cleanup efforts are starting to “trickle in.”

For the third year in a row, Electric Forest partnered with the Crystal Valley Care Fund to receive tons of gently used gear left in the campgrounds to support the local organization.

2018 Resource Recovery donations so far:

– 4,000 square yards of gently used black Astro Turf donated to local Rothbury/Grant Township neighbors.

– 80 low-back beach chairs donated to Lewis Farm Market and the Claybanks Township Park.

– Brand new foam blocks valued at $4,000 were donated to a local gym.

– 16’ and 22’ palm trees were donated to local neighbors.

– Used cooking oil from food vendors and staff catering was captured for use by a local farmer who will convert the material into biodiesel.

More resource recovery program details will be revealed later.

“In 2017, Electric Forest’s culture of reuse, conservation and consideration for others resulted in the mindful management of 134-plus tons of materials diverted from landfill at EF17, including creative Forest art items (re)used by a local school’s theater department; 35 tons of compostable matter that enriched local soils; the donation of 14,700 meals to local teens in need, and much more,” states an EF press release.

“Stay tuned for Electric Forest 2018 Music In Schools donation numbers and recipients to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Electric Forest is produced by Insomniac and Madison House Presents.



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