Babalu Completes Successful Food Drive for Stewpot

More than 1,000 cans donated to help fight hunger in central Mississippi

January 22nd, 2013        —        Babalu Tacos & Tapas

Jackson, Miss. — To celebrate its second year in business, Babalu Tacos & Tapas organized a canned food drive to benefit Stewpot Community Services.

“Being active in the community is something that’s very important to all of us at Babalu,” said Babalu co-founder Bill Latham. “We wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all the support we’ve received from our customers, friends and community partners in Jackson. And, at the same time, we wanted to help the less fortunate among us, people who are struggling in these difficult economic times.”

Throughout the month of December, customers were offered an incentive to encourage donations — a $10 Babalu gift certificate for five or more cans. In all, Babalu customers donated more than 1,000 cans.

Frank Spencer, Executive Director of Stewpot, arrived in early January to collect the donated cans and express his appreciation for all of the people that took part in the food drive. Stewpot Community Services is a Jackson-based social services organization which began as a simple soup kitchen. Today, the organization has expanded to offer 17 different programs, providing shelter, clothing, counseling, children’s programs and many other critical services to the community.

ABOUT: Eat Here Brands combines the experience and talent of two of Mississippi’s best-known restaurateurs, Bill Latham and Al Roberts, with the vision and leadership expertise of chain restaurant pros Ned Lidvall and Mike Stack. The company operates Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchises in Mississippi; Babalu Tacos & Tapas and Table 100 in the Jackson, Mississippi metro; and Interim Restaurant and Bar in Memphis, Tennessee.

Photo Available: (Pictured left to right) Mike Stack, Chairman, Eat Here Brands; Frank Spencer, Executive Director, Stewpot; Bill Latham, Co-Founder, Eat Here Brands; Nate Delaware, General Manager, Babalu