The situation we’re now all faced with has created immense challenges for us as a brewery, and for all of us as a society. At Allagash, we’ve been lucky to have the resources and support in place to weather this situation, while also finding ways to continue to help our community. Below, in order to give our team the kudos they properly deserve, we wanted to keep a running list of some of the positive contributions we’ve been able to make to our community. We’ve also added a section at the top of this list containing ways that you can help us in supporting our community. Thanks, in advance, for your help.
HELP US HELP OUR COMMUNITY
- We’re donating 100% of the profits from Nowaday—our new Belgian-style blonde ale—sold in Maine to Good Shepherd Food Bank. Since 1981, Good Shepherd Food Bank has been working to eliminate hunger in Maine by improving access to nutritious food for people in need, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger. Any time you enjoy a Nowaday here in Maine, you can help us combat the urgent issue of hunger facing our state.
KEEPING OUR EMPLOYEES SAFE
We’ve been working hard to make sure that we can provide as much stability and safety to our team in a world of increasing uncertainty and anxiety. We have kept our team intact, and are currently making sure that every one of our team members is paid at minimum 75% of their typical hourly wages, even if the amount of hours they are working is less than that. In addition, every employee will maintain their essential benefits at this critical time: health, dental, short and long term disability insurance, generous paid time off, paid parental and bereavement leaves, and more.
Here’s Mike with the extra N95 masks that we were able to donate to a local hospital.
HELPING OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
To date, we’ve also donated over 3,850 gallons of beer for distillation into hospital-grade hand sanitizer, in partnership with the University of Maine. The sanitized will then be donated to the Maine health system.
We’ve donated extra N-95 Masks to Maine Medical Center for use by frontline healthcare workers.
We’re also continuing our longstanding support for our Pediatric Nurse Scholarship Fund and Child Life Specialist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.
HELPING TO COMBAT HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY
On April 30th, we announced that, in partnership with Full Plates Full Potential, we’re donating a $7,146 grant to support Portland Public School (PPS) Nutrition Program’s meal service during school closure due to COVID- 19. The grant will support and create more meal access for students at all ten meal distribution sites in the district.
In a direct way that you can help, we’re donating 100% of profits from all Maine-based sales of our new Blonde Ale, Nowaday, to Good Shepherd Food Bank. If you see Nowaday in Maine, you can know that you’re helping to combat food insecurity when Mainers, and people across the country, need it most. If you’d like to look for that beer in your area, our beer locator page should be able to help.
We’re also looking at what resources we have on hand. For one, we’ve donated surplus empty beer cartons (1440 total) for local food pantries to pack food in. We also donated juice boxes (720 total) that we had originally planned to give to tasting room guests. In addition, we’ve been providing free supplies like Paper Bags, cartons, and masking tape for emergency food box deliveries for Wayside Food Pantry.
Our staff has been packing emergency food boxes for Falmouth Food Pantry as well, using our warehouse space to do so with proper social distancing. So far, our team has managed to pack up 180 boxes of food, which have all promptly gone to families in need.
We’re also donating to the Cultivating Community emergency matching fund to help alleviate the rising challenge of food insecurity in Maine, as well as purchasing food from local restaurants to feed Healthcare Workers as part of the #FeedingTheFrontline initiative.
Folks from Luke’s Lobster and Woodford F&B delivering our food donations to healthcare workers.
SUPPLYING OUR COMMUNITY
We’ve been trying to use our presence in the community to help guide resources where they’re most needed. To help alleviate that need, we’re partnering with Portland Public Schools to hold a Donation Drive from 4/20- 4/26. Necessities that we’re hoping to donate include any hygiene-related products. So if you’re in our area and are stopping in to pick up beer from our Allagash on the Fly curbside pickup, you can drop off any extra supplies you may have while you’re at it.
These initiatives are mostly new, in direct response to the COVID-19 crises we’re facing. For more about our initiatives around using local grain, or preserving clean water for more Mainers, you can look to our other blogs.