No-Li Brewhouse is no stranger to community involvement and community giving. This past week, in the midst of the crisis that we all face, Spokane’s beloved brewery and pub stepped up to help feed kids and their families. Facing uncertainty, and what will surely be difficult times in the near future, No-Li Brewhouse reminds us that we are stronger together.
When the governor announced that all of the schools in the state would shut down, a lot of people failed to think about the fact that many children rely on school as a source of food. More than 50 percent of the kids in the Spokane School District qualify for free or reduced-rate meals based on family income. At Logan Elementary, that number is 90 percent. In other words, closing the schools results in a lot of hungry kids. No-LI Brewhouse recognized the need and stepped in to help feed kids and their families until the school district was able to get its program in action.
Teaming up with another local business, Ultimate Bagel, and American Food Service, No-Li Brewhouse turned the brewpub’s kitchen into a production line, putting together lunches for kids and their families at Logan Elementary, which is just a few minutes away from the brewpub. In all, they distributed over 1,000 nutritious meals.
“We started the lunches on Tuesday and will continue through today,” says Cindy Bryant, who owns No-Li Brewhouse along with her husband John. “Our goal: fill the food gap that families were experiencing before the Spokane School District 81 started providing meals to all children in the district.”
Starting today, the school district will start providing meals, ramping up its meal-distribution program that makes lunches and breakfasts available at 20 locations around the city. Cheers to No-Li Brewhouse and their partners for stepping up to fill the gap!
In addition to all of this, No-Li Brewhouse is spearheading the Stay Strong Together campaign to support Big Table, a non-profit that cares for those in the restaurant and hospitality industry facing crisis. Anyone can support that effort by buying a T-shirt. You can do that here.