Beer industry raises funds for food banks


Grand Rapids Brewing Co.'s Rosalynn Bliss Blonde. Photo via

A beer-based fundraising campaign has brewed up support for food banks.

Forty Michigan breweries, beer bars and restaurants raised more than $45,000 for seven Feeding America-affiliated food banks in Michigan during the organization’s Hops Against Hunger campaign this fall.

Eleven establishments from West Michigan raised money during the campaign.

Certain establishments will continue to raise money year-round for the cause.

“We were amazed by the response,” said Sean Little, development associate at Feeding America West Michigan and the campaign’s organizer. “We forged so many great relationships with brewers. … And we’re excited to see those relationships develop in the future.”

Hops Against Hunger was created in 2016.

West Michigan Hops Against Hunger participants

Creston Brewery, Grand Rapids

Grand Armory Brewing, Grand Haven

Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Grand Rapids

Harmony Hall, Grand Rapids

HopCat, Grand Rapids

New Holland Brewing, Holland

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Muskegon

Terra GR Restaurant, Grand Rapids

The Mitten Brewing Company, Grand Rapids

The Søvengård, Grand Rapids

Tripelroot, Zeeland

Feeding America West Michigan

Established in 1981, Feeding America West Michigan distributes surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers through a network of more than 900 food pantries, youth programs and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 Michigan counties. 

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