PAW PAW – Family-owned beer and wine distributor Paw Paw Wine Distributors and local craft brewers Paw Paw Brewing Co. are teaming up to donate to Eleanor’s Pantry and help families during the month of November through an interesting and innovative way.
Paw Paw Brewing Co. is gathering much-needed donations during Tuesday presentations on the history of beer and the craft of brewing. The public event is open to adults over the age of 21 and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods, non-perishable foods and beverages that will be donated to Eleanor’s Pantry, a food bank that helps provide food and support to families in need in Van Buren County.
Paw Paw Brewing will hold a presentation at 6:30 this Tuesday at 929 E Michigan Ave., Paw Paw.
Paw Paw Wine Distributors has been partnering with Paw Paw Brewing for the event, including donating cases of non-alcoholic beverages.
Paw Paw Wine Distributors President Dave Bogen said: “Eleanor's Pantry provides an essential service to the community. The staff and volunteers provide outstanding service to families in need. As a family-owned business with ties to the community, Paw Paw Wine Distributors is pleased to support Eleanor's Pantry. It is wonderful to work with Paw Paw Brewing on this project as well. Not only are they a great craft brewing company, but a caring group that is giving back to the community that has supported them and we are happy to be part of this.
" Paw Paw Brewing Co. President Ben Fleckenstein said: “It’s about getting people fed. Strong community is important to Paw Paw Brewing Company. Eleanor’s Pantry helps tremendously with the people of this community and we’re happy to have a creative way of both educating folks about craft beer and supporting their efforts this month.
” Eleanor's pantry serves about 1,000 adults and children a month from the Paw Paw-Lawton area who are struggling to make ends meet. The food bank is staffed by over 70 volunteers from the community with support form other West Michigan individuals and businesses providing donations, distribution and labor.
In addition to food and beverage items, Eleanor’s Pantry also specifically requests: canned salmon, peanut butter (18 oz. or smaller), cereal, instant oatmeal, dry beans, hearty soups with at 2 least 6 grams of protein, tuna helper, canned fruits such as pineapple, mixed fruit and oranges, canned vegetables such as carrots, mixed vegetables and spinach, 100-percent juice, ranch dressing, baking mixes (brownie, cake, cookies, etc.), frosting, coffee or tea, vegetable oil, sugar and flour.