“Hunger Action Month is about showing people that hunger is a big problem, but that they can do something about it,” said Ken Estelle, president and CEO of Feeding America West Michigan.
One in eight people in Feeding America West Michigan’s 40-county service area in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are food insecure, meaning that they are without reliable access to sufficient, affordable food. Nationally, food insecurity affects more than 42 million people.
Feeding America West Michigan distributes food to a network of roughly 900 food pantries, soup kitchens and community centers throughout West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. During Hunger Action Month, Feeding America West Michigan encourages community members to become involved in one of four ways.
September’s beer is a hazy double IPA called Hipster’s Paradox. Weighing in at 8% ABV and 79 IBUs, this beer doesn’t mess around. It was brewed with wheat and oats, is slightly hazy, and features tropical and juicy notes along with what the brewery describes as “an underlying chronic funk.”
“This beer reminds you to do what makes you happy, no matter what people think,” the brewery says.
This is the third FeelGood Tap fundraiser GRBC has held for Feeding America West Michigan. GRBC is owned by BarFly Ventures, whose Michigan HopCat locations are also taking part in Hops Against Hunger in support of the state’s Feeding America-member food banks.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company is located at 1 Ionia Avenue SW in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
Feed the World Café was created to nourish people – patrons and neighbors in need. For every meal served in their restaurant, Feed the World donates a meal to a local hunger-relief organization.
This September they’re upping the ante by joining the Hops Against Hunger campaign. For every beer they sell, Feed the World Café will donate 50 cents to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, no exceptions. That applies to every brew on their menu.
The Food Bank of South Central Michigan is based in Battle Creek and serves those in need in Kalamazoo County and seven other Michigan counties. In partnership with local partner agencies, they provide food to nearly 190,000 people each year.
It costs the Food Bank about 17 cents to distribute a meal, so Feed the World Café patrons will be providing three meals every time they order a pint.
The brewery is also encouraging patrons to bring a bag of nonperishable food to donate. Staff from the food bank will be there to chat about their mission and give away food bank swag. Plus, Barlow’s food truck will be on hand to meet your barbecue needs!
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is based in Flint and provides food to 415 local partner agencies in 22 counties. Every dollar they receive funds the distribution of six meals in the region.
Tri-City was founded in 2006 and opened its new Bangor Township taproom in 2016. You’ll find more than a dozen beers on tap, including their flagship Hell’s Half Mile Munich Helles Lager. Tri-City is located at 4170 Shrestha Drive.
The $90 cost includes your round of golf, a burger or brat for lunch, a 16-ounce North Pier insulated cup, and a beer voucher redeemable at North Pier. Registration begins at 10:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Awards for longest drive, closest to the pin, lowest team score, and more will be given out at North Pier at 6:30 p.m.
Located just west of Battle Creek in Springfield, Territorial opened in late 2014 and has a strong German flavor, evident in their beer (altbiers, lagers, goses), food (pretzels, potato salad, house-made wurst), and décor (long wooden community-style tables, provincial flags on the wall). The donation applies to all food and drink sales from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Food Bank of South Central Michigan is based in Battle Creek and serves those in need in eight Michigan counties. In partnership with local partner agencies, they provide food to nearly 190,000 people each year.
On Thursday, September 14, Tenacity Brewing of Flint will be pulling pints for hunger relief.
From open to close (3-10 p.m.), they’ll donate $1 from every pour of Sit Down Session IPA to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. A pint for you means good food for a neighbor in need.
Tenacity opened in early 2015 as Flint’s sole brewery, a distinction they hold to this day. Located in an old firehouse, the brewery is noted for its comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. They have a variety of beers and ciders on tap.
The brewery’s fundraiser for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is keeping with their community-centric ethos. The brewery was partially funded by supporters on Kickstarter and they’ve raised money for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund throughout the city’s Water Crisis.
For every pint of Let Me Fetch An Oatmeal Stout sold in their taproom, the brewery will donate $1 to Feeding America West Michigan as part of the statewide Hops Against Hunger campaign.
Pigeon Hill describes LMFAO as an “extremely drinkable oatmeal stout.” It comes in at 5.0% ABV and 20 IBUs and is served on nitro in the taproom. An agreeable companion to ease your transition into fall.
Kumbaya is an American Brown Ale brewed with a blend of specialty and roasted malts. But if it wasn’t roasted enough for you, your server will smoke it at your request right there at the bar. The full pint glass is placed into a glass chamber, which is filled with hickory smoke, imparting a fresh wallop of charred goodness to bring you back to “those cool nights sitting around the campfire.” Silver Harbor claims this is the first example of a live-smoked beer, and we won’t argue!
Feeding America West Michigan is based in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids, and serves Berrien County from its branch in Benton Harbor.
Every pint of Crossroads Rye IPA sold at Harmony Hall during the month of September will provide four meals to people in need. That’s because Harmony is donating $1 from each sale to Feeding America West Michigan.
Every dollar the organization receives allows it to distribute four meals in the community. There’s quite a lot packed into that pint glass!
The Crossroads Rye IPA lives up to its name. Sharp, pungent, and piney, the Crossroads is a well-executed example of a still-uncommon style.
Harmony Hall is the second location for Grand Rapids’ Harmony Brewing Company. Located in a former Mexican restaurant on the city’s west side, Harmony Hall has its own brewing system and its own culinary specialty: house-made sausages, and lots of them.