LAKE JACKSON — Downtown Lake Jackson restaurants are gearing up for the inaugural Hunger Crawl benefit for Brazosport Cares Food Pantry.
The event is the first of its kind in the city, organizers said, but those involved hope it becomes a tradition while raising awareness about a significant problem in Brazoria County.
“It’s a great cause. You’re going out to eat and have drinks with friends while helping to feed your neighbor,” said Nicole Larson, development associate for Brazosport Cares.
Between 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, anyone is welcome to join the party at several participating restaurants, Larson said. There’s no cost to attend, and each person will receive an event passport with information, she said.
Each restaurant will have a predetermined menu for the benefit and a portion of those sales will go toward the food pantry.
Participating restaurants include Brody’s Blacksmith Shop, Black’s Fairy Meadery, which will be selling its mead at Wine Revue, The Fill Station, The Local, Growler’s Pour Haus, Poly Pop, The Wayside Pub, Wine Revue and Wurst Haus.
Residents are encouraged to start at any of the venues and make their way around at their own pace, said Kyle Devine, partner at The Fill Station.
Devine said the idea of a pub crawl — in which people go door to door having drinks — had been on his mind for awhile, and this was a great way to bring people downtown and support a good cause.
”When we started this business, it wasn’t so much about going into business for ourselves, but for friends, family and the community,” Devine said. “This is a great cause and a way to bring the community together.”
Devine mentioned as a caution that because of the large number of people expected, attendees might want to carry some cash on them in order to achieve quicker service throughout the evening as they move from place to place.
The Fill Station is donating a dollar from each chopped brisket sandwich and a dollar from each draft beer sold to the food pantry, but each restaurant will have its own menu options as well.
Three Southeast Texas breweries also are involved in the fundraiser, Larson said. Back Pew Brewing, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and the Texas Beer Refinery will sell their products at the venues and donate a portion of the proceeds.
Brazosport Cares has been in operation for more than 30 years, Larson said, but they do more than distribute food to needy residents.
”We’re really committed to our community. We have education classes, wellness classes … Our goal is to end poverty,” Larson said.
The Hunger Crawl collaboration is a step toward that goal, and the event should be a fun evening for anyone who joins, Larson said.