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Hops Against Hunger Provided Over 8,000 Meals

Hops Against Hunger Provided Over 8,000 Meals

The inaugural HOPS AGAINST HUNGER event raised enough for Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide more than 8,000 meals for people in need.

The community and staff of Walking Tree Brewery, Kilted Mermaid, and Waldo’s made it happen, despite Hurricane Irma blowing through the week before the event. At each location, patrons brought in non-perishable food and helped raise money to benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank and victims of Hurricane Irma.

HOPS AGAINST HUNGER was a collaboration of the three popular local gathering spots originally planned as part of Hunger Action Month. When Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, HOPS AGAINST HUNGER became even more vital as Treasure Coast Food Bank’s role expanded to include emergency assistance to people impacted by the storm.

“We’re very grateful to Walking Tree Brewery, Kilted Mermaid, and Waldo’s for hosting our inaugural HOPS AGAINST HUNGER, and we thank everyone who came out to participate despite having gone through preparation for the hurricane just the week before,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “It showed the true spirit of our community coming together in a time of crisis.”

Between Sept. 14th and 16th, hundreds of patrons brought in bags full of non-perishable food and enjoyed Walking Tree pints or Waldo’s rum buckets. Each person bringing in food received a raffle ticket for a drawing for a one-night’s stay at The Driftwood, gift certificates and a fun bag of assorted merchandise from Walking Tree Brewery.

The three bars hosted a friendly competition to see who could bring in the most food. Waldo’s emerged the big winner, with a total of 724 pounds of food.

“Waldo’s always loves to help provide for the needs of the community and working with other local businesses,” said Lee Olsen, General Manager of Waldo’s.

 Patrons brought 158 pounds to Walking Tree Brewery and an additional 30 pounds to Kilted Mermaid for a total of 912 pounds! The event also raised $827 - $408 at Waldo’s, $313 at Kilted Mermaid, and $61 at Walking Tree Brewery. SoFlo Bistro Truck partnered with Walking Tree, and donated $45 from food bought at the event. With each dollar equaling 8 meals, the entire event brought in enough for 8,136 meals.

HOPS AGAINST HUNGER began on Sept. 14 at Walking Tree Brewery. As patrons arrived with bag of non-perishables for Treasure Coast Food Bank, they enjoyed live music and Walking Tree pints.

On September 15th, the event moved to Kilted Mermaid for a second great evening where food and funds stacked up for Treasure Coast Food Bank.

On Sept. 16, the event culminated at Vero Beach's legendary Waldo's. That afternoon, trunk-loads of food arrived as patrons enjoyed Waldo’s popular rum buckets, with proceeds benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank. The Jack’s Band performing live that day donated its tips as well.

Natalie Kutina

Natalie Kutina of Vero Beach was the winner of the raffle. She walked away with gift certificates and merchandise from the venues and the complementary stay at The Driftwood.





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