Moondogs sponsoring benefit Christmas dinner

A downtown Port Orchard restaurant will serve a budget dinner on Christmas day, with the dual purpose of raising money for the local food bank and providing a holiday meal for those who are unable to do so themselves.

“The food bank is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving,” said Moondogs Too owner Darryl Baldwin. “We want to give people an opportunity to get food on those days, if they have no other way they can eat.”

This is the third year the restaurant has sponsored the benefit dinners. On Thanksgiving, it fed 304 people, collecting $1,600 and 250 pounds of food for the food bank.

The dinner will feature ham, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Sponsors are also recruiting local children to bake and decorate holiday sugar cookies.

The meal costs $1 per plate. While low-income diners can save money, those who are more financially stable are encouraged to contribute what they would spend for the same meal in a restaurant, or more.

Baldwin said about 30 people have offered to help, and that no additional volunteers are needed.

Baldwin said rides will be provided, those needing one should call (360) 895-2300 on Christmas morning.

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