HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania is one of the preeminent brewing states in the nation, boasting over 400 breweries—and the number is growing. But just as our brewery scene is increasing, so is the number of food insecure families and individuals across the state. In fact, nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians struggle with hunger every day – including nearly 500,000 children.
That’s why Feeding Pennsylvania is teaming up with PA Eats and Breweries in PA this November for a month-long fundraising campaign to raise funds for Pennsylvanians facing hunger through the inaugural Hops For Hunger.
The concept of the campaign came from Feeding Pennsylvania’s Community Manager, Corinne Foster, who doubles as a Central Pennsylvania food blogger, Fosterthefoodie. Through her food blog, Foster incorporates different ways of partnering with local restaurants on promotions that encourage individuals to support local restaurants while raising awareness and funds to support anti-hunger efforts. This once localized approach eventually sparked an idea to take these efforts statewide.
“Feeding Pennsylvania strives to find innovative partnerships with businesses across Pennsylvania to raise awareness around the issues of hunger”, said Jane Clements, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding Pennsylvania. “We are so fortunate to have Fosterthefoodie on staff and to have her integrating the great work she does with us with her passion for local restaurants. Collaborations with organizations like Breweries in PA and PA Eats help to expand our work and raise awareness and funds to ensure that no one in Pennsylvania goes without food.”
PA Eats also joins the campaign with exciting and thoughtful connection through their mission of showcasing Pennsylvania food culture.
“Like our partnership with Feeding Pennsylvania, the inaugural Hops for Hunger campaign truly embodies the spirit of PA Eats – uniting our passion for Pennsylvania food and drink with our passion for helping others,” offered PA Eats Executive Director, Jessica Darr.” Hops for Hunger is so much more than a fundraiser. It’s an opportunity to showcase the state’s incredible brewers, bring communities together and support those in need by helping to deliver valuable Nourish PA nutrition education resources to the nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians facing hunger.”
Breweries in PA also played a key role in outreach for the inaugural event, with a combined total of over 60,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram. The organization plans to use this platform to share upcoming events, specials, and promotions for the Hops for Hunger campaign to help promote this year’s participating breweries.
“We 100% support this mission, and are happy to be able to help spread awareness and raise funds for hunger relief in Pennsylvania through craft beer.”
Visit participating breweries during the month of November, as they donate proceeds from a beer of their choice, host special events, and so much more to engage their guests about the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania. Events will be announced and updated on feedingpa.org/hopsforhunger.
- Whitehorse Brewing, Washington
- The Vegetable Hunter, Harrisburg
- Shy Bear Brewing, Lewistown
- Fat Bat Brewing Company, LLC, Hanover
- Lovedrafts Brewing Co., Mechanicsburg
- Mindful Brewing Co., Pittsburgh
- Pour Man’s Brewing Company, Ephrata
- Downriver Brewing Co., Stroudsburg
- Odd Logic Brewing Company, Bristol
- Bitchin’ Kitten Brewery, Morrisville
- Moo-Duck Brewery, Elizabethtown
- Second Sin Brewing, Bristol
- Our Town Brewery, Lancaster
- Wolf Brewing Co., Mechanicsburg
- New Trail Brewing Co., Williamsport
- Black Rock Brewery, Pottsville
- Desperate Times Brewery, Carlisle
- Mondays Brewing Company, McMurray
Breweries who are interested in participating can join the campaign throughout November. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.feedingpa.org/our-programs/hopsforhunger/join/.
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