Hops Against Hunger spreads across the Treasure Coast
Hops Against Hunger, the popular hunger-fighting partnership with area breweries, is spreading throughout the Treasure Coast this year.
The three-year-old event that takes place during Hunger Action Month and benefits Treasure Coast Food Bank now will include locations in Martin and St. Lucie counties as well as the Vero Beach venues where it began. Each participating location will vie to see which can bring in the most food and dollars for Treasure Coast Food Bank.
The coalition of breweries, restaurants and good-hearted beer fans come together at their favorite watering holes to help solve hunger along the Treasure Coast. Each person who brings in a minimum of 5 cans will receive a complementary pint – or Voodoo bucket in the case of Waldo’s. Patrons also can purchase raffle tickets to win prizes donated by each venue.
“This is a really fun way to take action in the fight against hunger,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “It’s a competition, but the true winners are all those who struggle with hunger in our community.”
It kicks off September 19 through 21 when Vero Beach venues Walking Tree Brewery, Kilted Mermaid, and Waldo’s host the event. Visit Walking Tree on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m., Kilted Mermaid on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6-10 p.m., and Waldo’s on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1-4 p.m.
The following Thursday, Sept. 26, the competition moves to Sailfish Brewing Company in Fort Pierce from 7 to 9 p.m. That evening, winners will be announced in the Cans for a Cause competition taking place among businesses in Downtown Fort Pierce. Tour the area to see each can sculpture created to help fight hunger. All the cans from each sculpture will be donated to Treasure Coast Food Bank.
The final Hops Against Hunger event takes place in Jensen Beach on Friday, Sept. 27 from 5-9 p.m. Head to the popular waterfront Conchy Joe’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar for one last night of swapping food for brews.
For more information on all the Hunger Action Month activities, visit stophunger.org.
ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.