For the past nine years, I have attended one of the largest and longest-running music festivals in the world — Vans Warped Tour.

I first went in 2006, when I was only 12 years old, and I've been going ever since. For me, it's on the same par as Christmas because of the people-watching, the music, the chance to interact with band members, and the one-of-a-kind merchandise that is available. It is a unique experience, and I always look forward to it. Warped Tour is a music festival that caters to a “different” taste in music, and by that I mean those who like heavier music, or those who like punk, ska or punk pop. Warped Tour has always been about giving back to the community, and spreading good, safe messages. In the past Warped Tour has joined up with organizations such as TruthGreenpeace, To Write Love On Her Arms and many others.  

This year in Atlanta, the Warped Tour is attempting something special. On July 24, organizers are attempting to break the world record for food collected in a single place on a single day. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Food Drive holds the current record; the school collected 559,885 pounds of food in only 18 hours.

The organization behind the Atlanta food drive is Feed Our Children Now. In 2007, Feed Our Children Now joined forces with Warped Tour in Camden, New Jersey, and together they put on numerous food drives in cities across the country, including when the organization collected 330,000 pounds of food in 42 cities across the country in 2013. Each year Warped Tour has teamed up with Feed The Children Now in different ways — whether that be collecting food in one city or many — but this is the first time the groups are trying to break the world record.

You can learn more about the partnership in the video below:

According to Feed the Children Now, “1 in 4 children in Georgia struggle with hunger" and that adds up to about 700,000 hungry children across the state. That's the reason why the food drive is desperately needed — to feed these children, especially during the summer months. When school year isn't in session, many children go without breakfast and lunch.

So this year along with my homemade Warped survival backpack — which includes sunscreen, water and a sandwich — I'll also be bringing as much canned food as I can carry, so I can do my part for a great cause.  

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