As if anyone needed another reason to love beer, one beer company is on a mission to make a positive difference in the world by donating 100% of its profits to feed the hungry.
Jacquie Berglund, the founder of the beer brand Finnegans, says she was inspired by the Paul Newman Foundation and their 100% profit donation model. Finnegans is sold in four Midwest states, and every cent earned goes toward the Finnegans Community Fund, which works to provide food to the needy.
As the child of a waitress and janitor, Jacquie understands poverty and food insecurity on a personal level, FreeThink reports.
“I understand the condition of the working poor,” Jacquie said.
One in six people in the U.S. don’t have enough food for a healthy lifestyle, according to Allison Karpyn, associate professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. Food insecurity doesn’t just mean starvation; sometimes it means a lack of consistent access to grocery stores with real, nutritious food.
“I’m a basic needs gal,” Jacquie said. “We live in the wealthiest country in the world. It’s a crime that people can’t meet their basic needs.”
Finnegans’ motto is that they “turn beer into food.” The profits go toward buying organic produce from local farmers and distributing that produce to food banks in the area. They also run a “reverse food truck” which collects food and monetary donations in exchange for beer samples.
In 20 years of business, Finnegans has distributed about 2 million pounds of organic food to families in need, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon.