Fishing for Hunger in the UP

Fishing for Hunger in the UP - Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Jim Veldeer

St. Mary’s River in in Sault Ste. Marie is famous for its spectacular display of walleye, salmon and whitefish, but on Saturday, June 14, it will be the setting for an event to fight hunger. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is hosting Fishing for Hunger, a tournament to support hunger relief in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. All proceeds will stay within the Sault Ste. Marie branch, which serves families in need in Luce, Chippewa and Mackinac Counties.

Fishing for Hunger in the UP - Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Jim Veldeer

The goal of this event is to raise money for Feeding America, and to give the Food Bank more exposure. Many people simply don’t know much about the organization even though it feeds more people now than ever before. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is one of the largest and most effective food banks in the country. They serve the western portion of the Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula by reclaiming edible surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers then distributing it through 1,000+ food pantries and other organizations that feed more than 100,000 households in Michigan.

Fishing for Hunger in the UP - Awesome Mitten
Courtesy of Feeding America West Michigan

The tournament will be a friendly environment but there will be cash prizes for first, second and third place, and prizes of fishing gear for fourth and fifth place. Fishing events will take place on the St. Mary’s River, which the USA Today called one of Michigan’s top fishing destinations, offering “a wide variety of fishing habitats, ranging from deep channels and fast rapids to wide-open bays and lakes.” It is definitely a challenge, but the variety makes the experience quite fun. With a $100 entry fee for up to four fishermen per boat, the tournament runs from early in the morning to the afternoon, with a weigh-in and cookout following at Aune Osborn Park. Register online at the tournament’s website, and check out the Food Bank’s Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Are you going to try your hand at a fishing tournament for a good cause? How do you help feed the hungry in your community?

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