Through the proceeds of the Waxahachie Downtown Dine Around card, a total of 5,250 meals were provided to hungry families in the local community last year. The association hopes to increase that number over the coming weeks.

This is the second year for the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association to sell the Waxahachie Downtown Dine Around card that offers local discounts.

Melissa Chapman, marketing chair for the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association, said all the proceeds of the card go directly to Waxahachie CARE, a local nonprofit that operates a food pantry and provides other services.

Chapman shared a total of $1,750 worth of cards were purchased last year, which went right back to Waxahachie CARE. Chapman said every discount card bought equates to about 30 meals.

“We are encouraging people to come eat local, and as a result, they are feeding locals,” Chapman emphasized. “Waxahachie CARE provides meals in our community, and we just felt like that was a really good partner in this endeavor as we are asking people to help those who go hungry.”

Polly Williams, a four-year board member, explained the nonprofit is able to stretch every dollar due to donations from local grocery stores, utilizing fresh produce grown on-site, contributions provided by congregations, and the partnership with the North Texas Food Bank.

“The donations from the North Texas Food Bank and local grocery stores are invaluable,” Williams emphasized.

The card features 13 locations downtown where customers can get free entrees or appetizers and discounted drinks. New restaurants that will offer specials include The Plaid Turtle, which offers hand-crafted meals and 50 beers on tap, as well as The Dessert Spot, which sells international and local coffee blends as well as a variety of muffins, pastries, cakes and other desserts.

The $10 specialty card is marketed as a way to save over $40 while eating downtown.

Cindy Birch, the owner of the Dove’s Nest, was proud to once again have her business featured on the Dine Around card. She also explained the benefits of eatery card from a business perspective.

“February is typically a slow time for restaurants, so it gives us a chance to entice people to come out and dine with us,” Birch said. “Hopefully, it will make a slow month a little bit better for us downtown.”

Birch then noted the direct benefits to the local community and stressed that the should customers know the impact they are making.

As Waxahachie CARE grows at a solid pace, it is able to feed people through the support from the community. An opportunity to partner with the Dine Around card also helps bring awareness and promote the services provided by Waxahachie CARE.

According to data provided by Waxahachie CARE, the pantry aided 9,187 individuals in 2018, which equates to about 5,774 families.

Local groceries that Waxahachie CARE has significantly benefited from include Walmart in Waxahachie, HEB, Walmart in Red Oak, and Aldi. Together the stores donated 153,067 pounds worth of food in 2018.

The Dine Around card is valid for the entire month of February for one use at each restaurant. Those who visit all 13 locations can be entered into a drawing to win two free VIP passes to the Crossroads of Texas Film and Music Festival on April 25 —28.

The Downtown Dine Around card is $10 and available for purchase at each participating restaurant and Waxahachie CARE.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450