It’s currently estimate that over 34 trillion gallons of water were dropped onto Texas and Louisiana when Hurricane Harvey passed through in late August, with some towns reporting as much as 55 inches of rain falling on them. With all of this rain, communities throughout Southern Texas are still recovering from this record-breaking rainfall and receding flood waters.
Brock Wagner, founder of Saint Arnold Brewing, put together #ReliefBeers – a campaign where participating breweries donated one dollar from each pint of beer sold in their Sampling Rooms on Friday, September 8th – with breweries from well beyond Texas’s borders. The pool of donations from each craft beer brewery would be presented to Houston Food Bank, to help their herculean tasks in post-disaster recovery.
Here in New Jersey, four breweries participated including Medford’s own Lower Forge Brewery, Flying Fish Brewing, Frye Brewing, and Third State Brewing. For us, with the memories of 2011’s Hurricane Irene and 2012’s Superstorm Sandy – it made sense to help out and encourage our friends & fans to help out as well. Yesterday, Brock followed up with us to report that together we had all raised over $33,000 for the Food Bank – which equates to approximately 100,000 meals!
“We felt very honored that over 100 craft breweries would join together to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank’s Harvey disaster response efforts,” says Amy Ragan, chief development officer of Houston Food Bank. “The funds will be used to help us distribute food, water and other necessary items to those impacted by the storm and subsequent flooding. Thanks to these funds, those affected will have one less thing to worry about as they rebuild their lives.”
Other than Texas and New Jersey, breweries from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming were part of the campaign.