Kalamazoo’s Feed the World Café Donates Meals This September

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.

Feed the World Café is located at 7000 Stadium Drive.

Territorial Brewing to Donate 20% of All Sales, Sept. 28

On Thursday, September 28, Territorial Brewing Company will donate 20% of all food and drink sales to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

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.

Territorial is located at 256 Helmer Road North.

Distant Whistle Donating $1 Per Pint of Equinox Pale Ale in September

Photo courtesy of The Distant Whistle Brewhouse.

The Distant Whistle Brewhouse of Vicksburg will be donating $1 to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan for every pint of Equinox Pale Ale sold in September.

The catch: Equinox Pale Ale doesn’t go on tap until September 7. So until then, Distant Whistle will apply the donation to the bestselling beer of each day leading up to the release. They’ll also donate $3 for every growler fill of the bestselling beer.

Currently on tap are the Loch Ness Scotch Ale, the Eclipse Black IPA, the Backpacker’s Blonde, and more. Check out the full lineup on their website.

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.

The Distant Whistle is located at 118 S. Main Street in Vicksburg.

Flight to Fight Hunger at Brite Eyes Brewing Company This September

Photo courtesy of MittenBrew.

Brite Eyes Brewing Company is offering to donate $1 to hunger relief for every beer flight they sell during the month of September. Flight to Fight supports the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Calling itself “Kalamazoo’s smallest brewery,” Brite Eyes opened in 2015. This brewery is also a breakfast joint, and, yes, you can order a beer with your scrambled eggs, making it an ideal after-work spot for night-shifters. In addition to beer, Brite Eyes offers cider, mead, wine, and espresso drinks.

Flight to Fight supports the work of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. The food bank 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.

Brite Eyes is located at 1156 South Burdick Street in Kalamazoo.

Arcadia Ales’ Kalamazoo Tavern Donating $1 Per Pint of Angler’s Ale, Sept. 1-28

Photo courtesy of Arcadia Ales.

Arcadia Ales Kalamazoo Tavern is putting one of their flagship beers to work for hunger relief this September.

The taproom will donate $1 from every pint of Angler’s Ale sold in their Kalamazoo Tavern from September 1-28. The fundraiser will benefit the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Arcadia’s wide portfolio of beers includes many inspired by the brewing traditions of England and Scotland. They describe Angler’s Ale as an “authentic English-style pale ale brewed with all English malts and a pound and a half of Pacific Northwest hops per barrel, medium-bodied, crisp, and well-balanced, featuring flavors of caramel, toffee, and toasted malt, counterbalanced by a nice hop bitterness and herbal finish.”

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.

Arcadia Ales’ Kalamazoo Tavern is located at 701 E. Michigan Avenue.

Michigan Breweries Unite for Hops Against Hunger This September

Michigan’s food banks are encouraging supporters to raise a glass for hunger relief this September.

The campaign is called Hops Against Hunger, and it unites the state’s breweries and beer geeks with food banks serving those in need. All month, Michigan breweries will be hosting fundraisers to support the work of the state’s seven Feeding America-member food banks. Forty breweries, beer bars and restaurants from metro Detroit to Marquette are taking part.

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“September is Hunger Action Month,” said Sean Little, development associate for Feeding America West Michigan, a food bank based in the Grand Rapids area. “Food banks like ours are asking people to volunteer, donate, contact their elected officials and take a whole host of actions to support our cause. We loved the idea of throwing brewery fundraisers into the mix and hopefully reaching a lot of people who might be totally new to food banking and hunger relief.”

“As we’ve begun building relationships with breweries, we’ve found that it’s an easy sell. They really care about this issue,” Little said.

According to the latest data from Feeding America, 1.49 million people are food insecure in Michigan, meaning they struggle to get enough food to lead a healthy life. That’s 15.1 percent of the population.

Since the Hops Against Hunger initiative kicked off in 2016, it’s raised more than $20,000 to support the food banks serving those people. A dozen establishments took part last year, and that number has risen to 40, showing a growing commitment to hunger relief in the state’s brewing community.

Carrie Veldman, sustainability coordinator for BarFly Ventures, the company behind Grand Rapids Brewing Company and HopCat, says the motivation is simple. “By partnering with local nonprofits such as Feeding America, breweries and bars have the opportunity to invest in the community that has spent time and money investing in them.”

Grand Rapids Brewing Company and all six HopCat locations in Michigan are participating in Hops Against Hunger, each in support of the food bank serving their community.

Veldman says the partnership makes sense, because the food bank model of rescuing good surplus food and putting it to use is closely aligned with BarFly’s own waste-reduction practices. “Food recovery is one of our central values,” she said.

“Here in the U.S., our food waste is estimated at about 40 percent and we’re working to change this within our walls,” Veldman continued. “We’ve started a program at all of our locations where we donate any extra food we’ve acquired from beer dinners or monthly features to our local Feeding America food banks. All food that cannot be donated, like fruit and vegetable scraps and leftovers, is composted, so instead of rotting in a landfill, our food scraps can become nutrient-rich soil!”

Like many Hops Against Hunger participants, each BarFly location will be donating proceeds from one beer throughout the month. HopCat’s brand-new Royal Oak location, for example, will donate $1 from every pint of All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Others, like Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, are organizing one-day events. On Friday, Sept. 22, Greenbush will host their second-annual Harvest Party, featuring live music, a bratwurst-grilling competition and the release of a beer brewed in collaboration with food bank staff.

“We wanted to give breweries the freedom to put their own stamp on it. We’ve seen some breweries come to us with really cool ideas and we love that their events are highlighting the diversity of the craft beer scene in Michigan,” Little said.

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan, for example, is working with the Kalamazoo Brew Bus to organize a pub crawl with several area breweries and beer bars on Sept. 28.

Ore Dock Brewing Company of Marquette, the campaign’s northernmost participant, has been raising money for hunger relief in the Upper Peninsula for years. They will be hosting a Pack the Pub Night on Sept. 21, when $1 from every pint of True North will be donated.

“We pride ourselves on being a community-minded business and that means lending a hand wherever we can,” said Adam Robarge, production and branding manager for Ore Dock. “Quite simply, having access to healthy food is a basic necessity that absolutely no one should have to go without.”

For a complete list of participating breweries, visit HopsAgainstHungerMI.org/Breweries. All media inquiries should be directed to Sean Little at SeanL@FeedWM.org.

Hops Against Hunger Participants

Feeding America West Michigan
Beards Brewery
Burnt Marshmallow Brewing
Creston Brewery
Grand Armory Brewing
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Greenbush Brewing Company
Harmony Hall
HopCat Grand Rapids
New Holland Brewing Company
North Pier Brewing Company
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Silver Harbor Brewing Company
Terra GR Restaurant
The Livery Microbrewery
The Mitten Brewing Company
The Sovengard
Tripelroot
Watermark Brewing Company

Food Gatherers
HopCat Ann Arbor

Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Arcadia Ales Kalamazoo
Brite Eyes Brewing Company
The Distant Whistle
Grand River Brewery
HopCat Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Brew Bus
Territorial Brewing Company

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Loggers Brewing Company
Michigan on Main Bar and Grill
Table and Tap
Tenacity Brewing
Tri-City Brewing Company

Forgotten Harvest
HopCat Detroit

Gleaners Community Food Bank
Farmington Brewing Company
HopCat Royal Oak

Greater Lansing Food Bank
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery
Ellison Brewery and Spirits
HopCat East Lansing
Lansing Brewing Company
Ozone’s Brewhouse

September 2017: Grand River Brewery Donating Proceeds from Hungry Hoppo IPA

Grand River Brewery is smashing hunger this September. All month long they’ll be donating $1 to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan for every pint of Hungry Hoppo IPA sold in the taproom.

Hungry Hoppo is a session IPA specially brewed for the Hops Against Hunger campaign. It’s a single-malt, single-hop (SMaSH) beer, a technically challenging approach that requires precision and control on the part of the brewer. Done well, SMaSH beers are a great showcase for the malts and hops they use.

In addition, Hungry Hoppo was created using only Michigan ingredients. It’s truly a beer by and for the people of Michigan.

Based in Battle Creek, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan is one of seven Feeding America-member food banks serving people in the state. Proceeds from the Grand River Brewery’s fundraiser will support food distribution to local agencies serving those in need in the region.

Grand River Brewery is located at 117 W. Louis Glick in Jackson.