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Jenny's Cafe raising funds for Haiti orphans
Jenny's Cafe raising funds for Haiti orphans

Jenny Bennett serves up a smile to everyone who walks through the doors of her restaurant, Jenny’s Café. She knows most of them by name. That plate of home fries smothered in country gravy with two eggs over-easy is delivered to your table with a side of friendly conversation.And since no one leaves hungry after a breakfast at Jenny’s, it’s no surprise to discover that the restaurant is raising money to feed and care for children in Haiti.

In Haiti, the hunger crisis is a rising concern. According to the World Food Program, malnutrition affects 24 percent of children under the age of 5, and the number in need of food assistance doubled after the earthquake. Unfortunately, hunger is not the only issue plaguing kids in Haiti.

Bennett is part of a small group from Spokane planning to visit Danita’s Children, an orphanage located in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Whether they are asked to help build a medical facility, cut fabric for hundreds of uniforms, take chickens to families in the community or just love on the kids, they will do so with the aid of the Spokane community.

Jenny’s Café is hosting an Empty Bowls event and silent auction. An Empty Bowls event is designed to raise money for organizations striving to end hunger by selling handcrafted bowls served with a soup or simple meal. The money raised will help send the group from ONE*Church in Spokane Valley to Haiti to lend their helping hands. ‘‘Hope For Haiti’’ T-shirts will also be sold at the event, with the proceeds going directly to the orphanage and community in Haiti.

Gonzaga University Professor of Art Terry Giber and his students in the ceramics department donated their art for the Empty Bowls event. The bowls, which can be purchased for $15 each, can be taken home as a reminder that the fight to end hunger is far from over.

The fundraiser will be held Friday, March 9, at 6 PM. Soup and a beverage will be provided when purchasing a bowl. The restaurant is accepting cash or check only at this event. Jenny’s Café is located at 9425 East Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley.

Melissa Martin contributed to this report.

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