CLEARWATER, Fla. — Restaurants located in The District want to do their part to help families struggling to put food on their tables this holiday season.
Thirteen restaurants are participating in the first-ever Dine Out for Charity on Wednesday, December 16.
The 400 and 500 blocks of Cleveland Street are currently open for pedestrian traffic only. That is allowing restaurant to offer patrons plenty of safe and socially distant seating both inside and outside.
“With all this open air, it makes good sense to help our neighbors,” notes Scott Sousa, co-chair of the Downtown Clearwater Merchants Association (DMCA). "Our goal is to make The District a community hub, so why not bring everyone together for the greater good. With so many diverse restaurants in The District, it was not a great leap for us to come up with a way to feed others in need.”
Each restaurant will donate 10% of sales from 4:00 to 11:45 p.m. to the Salvation Army of Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. All the donations will go directly to feeding local families.
Demand for assistance has skyrocketed in the Tampa Bay area since the pandemic began. Food banks are having difficulty trying to feed every family in need.
“According to Feeding America, 25% of our children may go hungry each night," explains Carolyn Bradham, owner of Kara Lynn’s Restaurant and co-chair of DCMA. "With many food banks experiencing a 52% increase in demand, we are proud to partner with our local Salvation Army to get food to Clearwater parents who need it."
Restaurants participating in the Dine Out for Charity include:
- Clear Sky on Cleveland
- Kara Lynn's Kitchen
- Restoration Cafe
- Pour Yours
- Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina
- Downtown Pizza Sports Bar and Grill
- BlackBrick Tavern + Kitchen
- Grind Haus
- Soul Sicilian fusion
- The Lucky Anchor
- Chiang Mai Thai and Sushi Bar
You can show your support of Dine Out for Charity by sharing the event on Facebook with your friends.