Thursday, March 13, 2014

Turning Beer Into Food

I was floating around on various Minnesota beer related websites, typical intern pastor internet activity, and I spotted this awesome story from Finnegans, a local brewery in Minneapolis, is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with their new reverse food truck. This food truck will not be giving out food, instead they will be taking food donations and cash to help fight hunger. So if you find yourself at Kieran's on Saturday, March 15th have one less beer and donate some cash to a good cause!

As an intern pastor who works a lot with local food shelves and hunger projects, I think this is a fantastic idea. St. Patrick's Day will be an great starting point and I hope to see it out and about at other breweries. The current trend with local craft breweries is to host a food truck each day they are open to offer patrons food along with the fantastic beer. Because of this trend, I envision the Finnegans truck at breweries on a regular basis. After all, if you are going to spend $5 for a pint of fresh suds, why not give another $5 to feed someone's stomach?

This reverse food truck is not that big of a surprise if you ask me because Finnegans donates all of their proceeds to battling hunger. Finnegans Inc. is a for profit business, but they donate their profits to their non-profit entity Finnegans Community Fund (a 501-3 non-profit). Through this arm they give over 98% of their funds to hunger alleviation partners in the states where their beer is sold. 

So here is a shameless plug for this St. Patrick's Day. Drink Finnegans Irish Amber Ale and do some good.

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