Food And Drinks

Guinness donates to Orlando’s Second Harvest Food Bank in central Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – Irish beer maker Guinness is working to make a difference and get results this St. Patrick’s Day.

The company has been around for more than 260 years and is best known for its dark stouts. This year, heroes will be encountered on the front lines, in pubs, bartenders, and in the central Florida community.

The company said it recently launched a mission to give back to local organizations fighting food shortages. As part of its efforts, Guinness announced it would donate $ 600,000 to Team Rubicon, a civil protection organization, and seven food banks across the country.

One of the organizations selected was Orlando’s Second Harvest Food Bank in central Florida.


“Orlando is one of our leading markets in the country, especially in March for St. Patrick’s Day, so we wanted to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank in central Florida to support the city that has always loved us,” said Nikhil Shah, Guinness Brand Director.

Guinness said the idea began to help when the Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore closed its public tours last year. Officials baked and donated “brewery bread” to a local grocery bank as concerns about food shortages grew. More than 25,000 loaves have been given since last spring and the number continues to rise.

“We knew immediately we had to find a way to step in and help,” said Chef Corrine Liverman, bakery manager at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore. “We have a lot of grain, of course, and we know what to do with it. That is why we have all concentrated on only brewing beer and also baking bread for those in need. “


Head Chef Corrine Liverman and Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson (Guinness)

Central Florida Second Harvest Food Bank has helped thousands of people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit collects, stores, and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners, including six counties in central Florida: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia.

“We are so grateful to Guinness for their incredibly generous donation to feed those starving in central Florida. Your local support will provide over 200,000 meals to help children, families and seniors get food on the table in the coming weeks, ”said a spokesman for Central Florida’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

To fuel its efforts, Guinness is encouraging people this St. Patrick’s Day to have a beer and share a photo of who they are toasting to this year.


Guinness said it will donate an additional US dollar (up to a total of US $ 100,000) to the same charity partners through March 21 for anyone age 21 and older who hashtagged the company with #AToastTo on social media.

Visit for full details on Guinness’ efforts. You can also follow the company on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Central Florida Second Harvest Food Bank has a number of ways you can help, including making a financial donation, volunteering, or organizing a Food and Fun Drive.

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Janet Smith