|Published:||Mar 19, 2013 10:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 20, 2013 12:08 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL-- Turning beer into food! A Minnesota brewery, whose sole purpose is giving back to the community, is now helping families right here in southwest Florida. You can help simply by buying a Finnegan's cold one.
Finnegans Brewery recently started selling their beer at Hammond Stadium for Spring Training and so far, it's a big hit.
Tomorrow night, they will be donating proceeds from their beer sales to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
"Beer is fun," said Jacquie Berglund.
Fun that Berglund turned in to a career full of selfless acts.
"It has always been a passion of mine to leave the world a better place then when I got here," said Berglund.
So 13 years ago she created Finnegans Brewery in Minnesota and their signature Amber Ale.
Finnegans is the first brewery in the world giving back a 100% of their proceeds.
"All the money that we create in the community--the wealth in the community--goes back to benefit those communities," said Berglund.
Now, a new partnership with Hammond Stadium and the Harry Chapin food bank to help the food bank buy more fresh produce from local farmers.
"Obviously we get a lot of people here from Minnesota at the ballpark for Twins Spring Training," said Twins' Phillip Busch.
Last year the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed nearly 4 million pounds of fresh produce and the demand continues to rise.
"It is roughly 26% of the food that we distribute to the fiver counties that we serve," said the food bank's Miriam Pereira.
To help purchase more--for each Finnegans draft beer sold tomorrow night at Hammond Stadium for the Twins game, the brewery will donate a dollar to Harry Chapin supporting local farmers.
"And the Miracle League is matching a dollar donation, so it's double donations tomorrow night," said Berglund.
Last year alone, Finnegans donated $100,000 to food banks and that's about 140,000 pounds of fresh produce.
"Spring training, southwest Florida, beer, Harry Chapin...what more do you need?" said Pereira.
Tomorrow night, the Twins game starts a little after 7p.m. at Hammond Stadium as they play the Tampa Bay Rays.
They are also having discounted prices for the beer, a 24-ounce will cost you $7.
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