HOPS for help

Brewery continues effort to benefit U.P. food banks

• There are 9,660 food insecure people in Marquette County. • The overall food insecurity rate is 14.3 percent. • The child food insecurity rate was reported at 18.6 percent. — Source: Feeding America West Michigan

MARQUETTE — Throughout the entire month of December, every purchase of a pint of Glad Tidings English IPA — Ore Dock Brewing Company’s Christmas ale offering — results in $1 being donated to local food banks across the Upper Peninsula.

The Marquette brewery, located at 114 W. Spring St., has partnered with Feeding America West Michigan, which in 2015 distributed the equivalent of 22 million meals within the 40 Michigan counties they represent, according to a press release from the Ore Dock.

“We know there’s a real need throughout each county we’re fortunate enough to do business in,” Adam Robarge, Ore Dock liaison, said in the release. “There’s no way we could generate the necessary support for community members in need without the help of other U.P. businesses.”

Feeding America West Michigan reports there are 9,660 food insecure people in Marquette County. The overall food insecurity rate was 14.3 percent, while the child food insecurity rate was reported at 18.6 percent.

A total of nearly 373,000 meals were reportedly distributed in Marquette County by the organization, though more than 1.77 million meals are still required to meet the need.

Robarge said what started five years ago as a small brewery-only community fundraiser has grown each and every year.

“We’ve nearly doubled participation from last year alone,” he said of the participating businesses.

In addition to the brewery itself, 22 bars and restaurants across the U.P. are participating this year in the Hops for Help effort. Those include: Pacino’s Food and Spirits and Ernie’s Irish Pub, in Escanaba; Terrace Bay Inn, in Gladstone; The Up North Lodge, in Gwinn; the Pine Mountain Resort and Sol Blu Lounge & Taproom, in Iron Mountain; Brogie’s Tavern, in Ishpeming; The Barge Inn, in Munising; The Wicked Sister, Moloney’s Alley and Bird’s Eye Outfitters, in Sault Ste. Marie; and throughout Marquette, including Hudson’s Class Grill, Landmark Inn, Vango’s Pizza & Cocktail Lounge, Stucko’s Pub & Grill, Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill, Superior Entertainment Center, Breakers Roadhouse, The Wooden Nickel, The Portside Inn, The Doghouse Pub and the 906 Sports Bar & Grill.

Hunger affects thousands of people throughout West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, including one in five children, according to Feeding America West Michigan’s website.

“But the good news is that you can make a big difference,” the site states. “Every dollar you give to Feeding America West Michigan allows us to provide (four) meals to our neighbors in need. A gift of $21 can even feed a family of four for an entire week.”

For more information, visit www.ore-dock.com or www.feedwm.org.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.