Hops For Hunger Returns!


– Annual Food Drive takes place over 22 days at Toronto Craft Brewery –

December 1, 2016 (Toronto, ON)
Great Lakes Brewery (GLB), the 2016 Ontario Brewery of the Year, is once again pleased to announce that we’ll be “fighting to end hunger in our communities” with the annual Hops for Hunger Food Drive in support of Daily Bread Food Bank.

Between December 1 – December 22, any customer who purchases beer from the brewery retail store at 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Etobicoke, will be contributing to the campaign.


“With the purchase of any GLB product between December 1 – 22nd, we’ll calculate a portion of the weight of the beer and donate a percentage of the corresponding poundage amount in dollars,” stated Peter Bulut, President and Chief Brewing Officer at GLB. “The more customers buy, the more poundage calculated, and therefore more money will be raised.”

He added, “This is our 8th year carrying out the Hops for Hunger food drive and we couldn’t be happier to partner with our Etobicoke neighbours at Daily Bread who continue to do amazing things in communities around the city of Toronto.”

GLB will also be encouraging customers coming into the brewery retail store to donate any non-perishable food items, along with baby food and diapers, by dropping them off in the yellow Daily Bread collection bin located within the store. Daily Bread Food Bank’s Holiday Drive is aiming to raise $1.5 million in donations and 1.5 million pounds of food.

“When the holiday season starts, it’s especially hard to cope with empty cupboards, that’s why we’re so glad to have Peter and his team supporting Daily Bread with food and cash donations,” said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank. “The generosity of our friends and neighbours here in Etobicoke will make the season happier for families around the corner and across the city.”

Last year, thanks to the support of the local Toronto beer community, GLB was able to donate $3000 and a full box of much needed food to Daily Bread and would like to build on that in 2016.

Further to the Hops for Hunger campaign, GLB staff, in various departments within the brewery, have made Ugly Christmas Sweaters that will be auctioned off throughout December, both online and in the retail store, with all winning bids (proceeds) being donated to Daily Bread. This auction will commence on December 5th and can be viewed at  http://gobid.ca/auction/856.

About Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

About Great Lakes Brewery
Established in 1987, Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) is one of the oldest craft breweries operating in the province of Ontario and February 12, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary in the beer business. Known for their fiercely independent nature, lack of fear in pushing boundaries, and adhering to freshness and quality best practices, GLBhas been named the Canadian Brewery of the Year twice (2013, 2014) and Ontario Brewery of the Year three times (2014, 2015, 2016). GLB specializes in producing flavourful beers that will be sure to awaken your taste buds with each sip. From unique seasonal ales and premium lagers to our Project X and Tank Ten Series beers, GLB produces a variety of products to be enjoyed by everyone! Based in Toronto at 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, you’re invited to visit the brewery for a taste of award-winning beers.