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Marquette, Mich. — Michigan’s food banks are encouraging supporters to raise a glass for hunger relief this September, and Ore Dock Brewing Company is giving Marquette residents a place to do it.
The campaign is called Hops Against Hunger, and it unites the state’s breweries and beer geeks with food banks serving those in need. Forty establishments are hosting fundraisers this September, including Ore Dock Brewing Company, the campaign’s northernmost participant.
“We pride ourselves on being a community-minded business and that means lending a hand wherever we can,” said Adam Robarge, the brewery’s production and branding manager. “Quite simply, having access to healthy food is a basic necessity that absolutely no one should have to go without.”
On Sept. 21, Ore Dock will donate $1 to Feeding America West Michigan for every pint of True North they sell in the taproom.
“We chose True North because the name really embodies the culture of community and hard work that is so emblematic of living ‘up north,’” Robarge said. “The beer is also brewed with both Michigan-grown malt as well as hops.”
“Ore Dock has been an incredible partner in our work in the UP,” said Sean Little, development associate at Feeding America West Michigan. “Whenever we approach them with an idea, they’re all on board to find a way to make it work. And often it’s the other way around, where they come to us! They truly believe in our mission.”
In just the last two years, Ore Dock has raised $1,210 for the organization, enough to provide nearly 5,000 meals. But they’ve also recruited other establishments to raise money for hunger relief. In December, they organized a UP-wide fundraiser called Hops for Help, in which bars and restaurants carrying their beer were encouraged to donate $1 per pint of the Glad Tidings English-style IPA. That event generated nearly $2,300, the equivalent of 7,200 meals. That support is needed, as 14 percent of Marquette County residents are food insecure, meaning they struggle to afford enough food to lead a healthy life.
Those venturing south of the Bridge this September can find Hops Against Hunger beers on tap at Beards Brewery and Burnt Marshmallow Brewing Company in Petoskey. A map of all participating breweries, along with brewery and event information can be found at HopsAgainstHungerMI.org.