Martha’s Vineyard, MA — The holiday season brings a time of reflection, gratitude and finding ways to help others in need, including families and children on the Island who face the pressing problem of hunger. Bad Martha Brewing Company has announced that it is making a $5,000 donation to The Island Food Pantry to help them with their important mission to feed the hungry.
“We believe it is our privilege and responsibility to give back and help our local community,” said Jonathan Blum, CEO and Co-Founder, Bad Martha Brewing Company based in Edgartown, MA. “Since Bad Martha Brewing Company was first launched, our mission has been to not only create excellent craft beers, but to be a socially-responsible company that puts community first by donating the first 10% of profits to hunger-relief charities where our beer is served. We’ve been a proud supporter of The Island Food Pantry over the years as the recipient of our hunger relief efforts on Martha’s Vineyard because they help hundreds of local families and children in need of food throughout the year,” said Blum.
In addition to donating a portion of profits to hunger-relief charities, Bad Martha Brewing helps the community by purchasing as many local ingredients as possible from Island farms to make award-winning craft beers. They also give local farmers their spent grains. Giving back through a variety of ways is the ‘Do Good’ part of the Bad Martha Beer ‘Get Bad. Do Good.’ company motto.
“The Island Food Pantry was thrilled to receive the significant donation of $5,000 from Bad Martha Brewing Company and we applaud them for setting aside profits for hunger relief,” said Margaret Hannemann, Coordinator, The Island Food Pantry, Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. “We welcome them as a true partner. The Island Food Pantry has been able to provide groceries for over 400 individuals and families this year,” added Hannemann. For more information, visit http://www.islandfoodpantry.org
Throughout his career, Blum has been an advocate in the fight against hunger, attacking the problem on a local and global level. While at Yum! Brands, he spearheaded the creation of World Hunger Relief, a public-private partnership with The United Nations World Food Programme and other hunger relief agencies. The initiative provided 2.6 billion meals for people in need by raising over $640 million in cash and food donations in the fight against global hunger and created a massive volunteer effort as well.
About Bad Martha Brewing Company and Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room
Jonathan Blum is CEO and Co-Founder of Bad Martha Beer, founded in partnership with Peter Rosbeck, long-time Island resident. Blum has been a seasonal island resident for more than 20 years. A 23-year senior executive at Yum! Brands, Inc. and PepsiCo, Blum decided to retire from the world’s largest restaurant company to focus on building his craft-beer company across New England.
The two first launched Bad Martha Beer in 2012 at Boston’s Baseball Tavern, and opened Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room on Martha’s Vineyard in 2013.
Open seasonally, The Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room brews about twenty varieties of beer during the season between May and November and also uses local Island ingredients such as organic honey, local fruits (blueberries, beach plums, wild cherries, cranberries, pumpkins, and strawberries), chocolate, oysters, jalapenos, cranberries and roasted coffee beans. It is located at 270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, MA 02539. (508)-939-4415.
Bad Martha has won eleven awards at the International Beer Festival, beating out many of the world’s best-selling beers.
For more information visit www.badmarthabeer.com
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