Local United Network to Combat Hunger - LUNCH


Bill Pere
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Using the Power of Popular Music
to Produce Positive Social Action
A Non-Profit Charitable Organization Combining Arts, Education, and Community Outreach Since 1989
Founded by Bill Pere

More than $1,000,000 raised to support
social services and
community outreach through the arts

Coming Sep 25, Oct 30, Nov 13, Dec 18: Open Mic at Groton Congregational Church 162 Monument St, Groton, 7pm  (info)
Coming Dec 1- The LUNCH Holiday Show "The Gift of the Madguy!" -- Contact Us NOW to Audition    (info)
Coming April 27, 2019- VOICES FOR HOPE   (info)

  Newsletters  Press Articles  Lunch Newsletter: SPRING 2018



December 1, 2018: "The Gift of the MadGuy!"
CONTACT US NOW ! ALL ARE WELCOME - info@lunchensemble.com

Lunch Holiday Show - Bill Pere

Another Great Production! DECEMBER 2 2017
Holiday Show - Bill Pere

"SURVIVOR: NORTH POLE" Outwit - Outlaugh - Outsleigh

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The 2016 Holiday Show "Game of Clones: Winter is Coming"

Bill Pere Concert

See all the Holiday Shows Here...

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Calling All Singers ages 11-19

Enter to win a $500 Scholarship and Professional Performing and Recording Opportunities
Vocal Competition Entry Forms HERE

Voices For Hope Bill Pere Harry chapin

Harry Chapin Show

Calling All Singers ages 11-19:
Enter to win a $500 Scholarship and Professional Performing and Recording Opportunities
Vocal Competition Entry Forms HERE
See previous Voices For Hope winners and finalists
 (Past Voices For Hope events:   photos )



Another Successful LUNCH Concert Series
Music For Giving, Middletown, 2016 - 2018

Bill Pere concert

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LUNCH 25th Anniversary Reunion, Aug 01, 2015



Mission and Outreach

If there's a fire burning, or a lesson needs some learning, or a tide that needs some turning to
a better world somewhere,  the Old Folkie's there... - Harry Chapin

Our Mission and Outreach: (1) addressing issues of hunger and poverty through awareness and financial support; (2) involving children and youth in programs which show them they can make a difference; (3) helping kids to grow into tomorrow's leaders who will shape a world free of intolerance, injustice, and indifference.   Through our partnerships with the Connecticut Songwriting Academy and the Connecticut Songwriters Association, we help young people develop their potential in all areas of music, theater, and community leadership. Our flagship programs are the LUNCH Ensemble and the Harry Chapin Legacy Concerts.

LUNCH is a non-profit, all-volunteer, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  LUNCH is non-denominational, encompassing all faiths, beliefs, and cultures.   

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Founded in 1989 by Bill Pere as a community service outreach of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, and spun off as an independent charitable organization in 1999, LUNCH was inspired by the work of the late songwriter Harry Chapin, who founded World Hunger Year and who devoted much of his music career to the fight against hunger, receiving a posthumous Congressional Medal. Our first event, The Harry Chapin Legacy Show, was held in 1991.

To read what others say about LUNCH,  click here

To date, LUNCH has raised more than  one million dollars and thousands of pounds of food and clothing  through family  entertainment events including:

Harry Chapin Legacy Show series involving more than 2000 students, grades 4-12.

chapin band

The Harry Chapin Tribute Concerts  with the Steve Chapin Band  at the Shubert Theater!   --2007 Photos -- 2008 Photos -- Article

Sale of award-winning CD recordings by Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and other  artists, produced with hundreds of kids from schools around Connecticut, carrying on the Harry Chapin style of songwriting.  Worldwide distribution, including iTunes
Summer Music Camps at Camp Wightman in North Stonington, CT
Concerts by the Steve Chapin Band and Jen Chapin
Holiday Shows, featuring kids in music and acting roles
Performances at Cheney Hall, the Garde Arts Center, Seven Angels Theater, University of Hartford, Shubert Theater, The Bushnell, Sacred Heart University, East Hartford Cultural Center, and around the state at schools, colleges, civic events, theaters, churches, camps, fairs, and in Nova Scotia at the annual Chapin Festival.
The Mystic River Folk Concert Series
The Connecticut Songwriting and Performance Conference
The Connecticut Songwriting Academy, for development of young talent
Student Scholarships
School Partnerships for Distance Learning, Career Days, Artist-in-Residence,  IEP Curricula, Internships,  Community Service Credits,  Curricula Integration and Enrichment
Food and Clothing Drives
Talent Contests and Showcases, including the Voices For Hope vocal competition
 Music Videos ---->  



Come browse our photo archives and see for yourself, and check out our 
CDs in the online store.

To learn more about our programs and what we do, click here

"If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be
worth,   I wonder what would happen to this world?"  --- Harry Chapin


GO TO:    General Questions   --   What We Do and How to be Involved 
What others say about LUNCH   --   List of agencies we have helped
Learn About the Founder of LUNCH   --   Programs For Developing Young Talent
Articles About LUNCH   --   List of LUNCH program sponsors   --  
Timeline of LUNCH events


Complete programs for rounded development of talent, intellect, and character



Individual programs for developing young talent

CT Songwriters Assoc.

Events for Keyboard Artists

Recording and Publishing for
 Songwriters of all ages

Voice Instruction and Vocal Coaching

Benefit Performances by
noted folk artists

-- featuring the award-winning songs of Bill Pere and Kay Pere --
Details, Lyrics, Clips, Downloads --

Videos on YouTube

Bill Pere Kennedy Morris Bill Pere Rural Mural    

Making a Difference one Song at a Time
Bill Pere - Kay Pere - Songwriting that Gets Results

MORE CD's With Music from Bill Pere and Kay Pere

with "Army Boots and Satin Slippers,  "I Am Erica", "Because the Sky Fell Down", and "Heart of the Storm"  info/order

with "Blessings" and "New Day Coming Tomorrow"

with "doG" and "Footsteps"

with "Let Them Be Who They Are" and Kay's version of "Angels on Horseback"

Absolutely Positively Getting Along

Donations to LUNCH are Tax-Deductible.
You may donate securely right here online via PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
Help us help others, and show kids that they can make a difference!

Donation via PayPal

You can safely use any credit card.

All About Bullies Big and Small  


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For general questions, click here

For What we Do and How to be Involved, click here

To see what others say about LUNCH, click here

For a list of agencies we have helped, click here

To learn more about the Founder of LUNCH, click here

  Programs for developing young talent

Articles About LUNCH

For a list of LUNCH program sponsors, click here

For a timeline of LUNCH events, click here

Contact us:  info @ lunchensemble . com