Empty glass: Mitten Brewing Co. pays off school lunch debts

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Published: Aug. 20, 2019 at 11:07 AM EDT
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(8/20/2019) - A beer company 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 said, "We're just very blessed."

He told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that some students were nearing $100 in lunch debt.

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

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

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