Alaskan Brewing Co. staff presents a check to Southeast Alaska Food Bank director Chris Schapp on Tuesday as part of the company’s “Cheers to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank!” celebration. The evening also celebrated the selection of Alaskan Brewing Co. next year recipient SEADOGS. (Courtesy Photo / Erin Youngstrom)

Alaskan Brewing Co. staff presents a check to Southeast Alaska Food Bank director Chris Schapp on Tuesday as part of the company’s “Cheers to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank!” celebration. The evening also celebrated the selection of Alaskan Brewing Co. next year recipient SEADOGS. (Courtesy Photo / Erin Youngstrom)

Alaskan Brewing Co. selects 2023 nonprofit partner, donates $8,000 to food bank

Tasting Room event celebrates 2022 donation to Southeast Food Bank.

Alaskan Brewing Co. hosted Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search on Tuesday for “Cheers to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank!” which celebrated the food bank’s donation collection for 2022 and passed the torch to SEADOGS.

Southeast Alaska Food Bank executive director Chris Schapp accepted a check for $8,000 from Alaskan Brewing Company to further help the food bank’s mission to provide access to nutritious food for those who are without.

“The SEAFB collects food from our local donor stores on a daily basis. For the months of January and February 2023, we distributed approximately 8,000 more pounds than what we collected in donations. We predict at the end of the fiscal year we will distribute half a million pounds or more, “ Schapp said in a news release. “This generous donation from the Alaskan Brew Crew will go toward ensuring that no one in our community will go hungry.”

The event marked the second occasion in which the two organizations collaborated; in December 2020, during the Haines landslide SEADOGS located missing people while SEAFB provided food to those in need.

For their 2023 fundraising efforts, Alaskan Brewing Co. has selected SEADOGS to be next in line as the beneficiary of all proceeds raised. Every year since 2002, Alaskan Brewing Co. has turned to its employees to select a local nonprofit partner, which Alaskan Brewing Co. Chief Executive Officer Linda Thomas said is always looked forward to by the entire staff.

“I love that our entire local Brew Crew votes for the nonprofit annually and learns about different nonprofits in town. Our crew’s efforts over the years have brought meaningful donations to a great diverse group of nonprofits, and I think all of our crew is proud of that,” Thomas said in a news release.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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