W MI breweries pay off student lunch debts

Muskegon County
Brewery worker hands over check to school district official

A photo Montague Area Public Schools posted on Facebook on Aug. 22, 2019 shows the check from Fetch Brewing Co. to the district to pay off student lunch debt.

MONTAGUE, Mich. (WOOD) — Students at Montague Area Public Schools, Whitehall District Schools and Fennville Public Schools will head back to school free of lunch debt.

Montague announced on Facebook Thursday that Jen and Dan Hain of Fetch Brewing Company had paid off all 171 student lunch accounts that were in the red.

Bartender listens to two customers seated at bar
Customers enjoy drinks at Fetch Brewing in Whitehall on Aug. 23, 2019.

Fetch added it also cleared the ledgers for students in Whitehall, with the district saying more than 500 families were affected.

Blue and white painted walls with round tables in cafeteria
An Aug. 23, 2019 photo showed the cafeteria at Whitehall High School.

Montague school officials said the Hains were inspired by a similar act by Mitten Brewing in Northport, which paid $2,700 to erase lunch debts at Suttons Bay district near Traverse City.

The Mitten Brewing Company in Saugtauck says it did the same for all the students at Fennville, to the tune of $1,555.70.

Fennville students start the new year Monday, Whitehall students on Tuesday and Montague students Sept. 3.

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