Strangers Helping Strangers is a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Rhode Island. The origins of SHS dates back to late 1997, when two fans of the Burlington, Vermont-based band Strangefolk, Kat Harless and Tina Campbell, saw an opportunity to help those less fortunate by collecting non-perishable food at various Strangefolk concerts throughout the Northeast. They then donated it to food banks and charities in the cities and towns where Strangefolk performed.


Our Commitment

The Primary Goal of Strangers Helping Strangers is to provide a resource for the fans, bands and venues in the music community to help facilitate their charitable aims.

We provide the organization, support and resources to care for those less fortunate within the community by hosting food drives at concerts and festivals. We deliver the donations to local food banks, pantries and shelters near the venue at which they were collected.

How it works

Whether you’re a performer, promoter, venue owner or fan, let us help you to make a difference in your community.

Our coordination team will set up all of the details from food pantry selection to distribution. Through research, we will choose the closest local food pantry that has the most need for donations. We also help to promote the food drive and your event through social media channels.

How Can You Help?

You’ve seen us set up at your favorite festival. Now what?
You can make a monetary donation which will help us with operational costs, bring along non-perishables to the next event that you will be attending or donate your time by volunteering to help us set up at events and festivals.