It’s good to live in Michigan. Natural beauty everywhere you look, people who are just as tough and determined as they are kind, and one of the world’s best beer scenes. But there’s another side to our state, and it’s one we don’t like to talk about: Right here in Michigan, 1.5 million people are struggling with hunger.
These are people of all ages and backgrounds. They’re kids, adults, seniors, immigrants, and native Michiganders. They’re struggling with medical bills, housing costs, and low wages. Many have worked all their lives but were blindsided by a divorce that halved their income or an accident that left them disabled. All of them deserve our help.
The good news is that we have enough food in our state to feed everyone. It’s just a matter of getting it where it needs to go.
That’s where Hops Against Hunger comes in. Every Hops Against Hunger event supports one of Michigan’s seven Feeding America food banks, organizations that are working every day to provide food to those in need.
When you buy a pint at a Hops Against Hunger event, you’re supporting the day-to-day work of hunger relief: procuring food from farmers, grocery stores, and processors, and sending it into the community through a network of local food pantries, soup kitchens, and community centers. In other words, that pint in your hand is a meal on the plate of one of your neighbors.
To learn more about what food banks do and how you can get involved, find the food bank that serves your region:
Feeding America West Michigan (Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Traverse City, Upper Peninsula)
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (Flint, NE Michigan, the Thumb)
Food Bank of South Central Michigan (Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Southern Michigan)
Food Gatherers (Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County)
Forgotten Harvest (Detroit, Southeast Michigan)
Gleaners Community Food Bank (Detroit, Southeast Michigan)
Greater Lansing Food Bank (Lansing, Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan)