Beer company founded in GR pays off school lunch debts

Michigan
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SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A beer company that started in Grand Rapids is ensuring that a northern Michigan school district starts the new year with no student lunch debt.

A foundation affiliated with Mitten Brewing paid $2,700 to erase unpaid meals and snacks in the Suttons Bay district, near Traverse City. Superintendent Mike Carmean says, “We’re just very blessed.” He tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that some students were nearing $100 in lunch debt.

Chris Andrus, an owner of Mitten Brewing, responded after bartender Joe Symons criticized a Pennsylvania school district for threatening parents over lunch debts. Symons also is a substitute teacher in Suttons Bay.

Dan Frank, general manager of Mitten Brewing in Northport, says “one of the beauties” of being in a small community is acting on local needs.

WOODTV.com staff contributed to this report.

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