It all started with a miniature long-haired dachshund named Benny.
We told you : about how he found his way last fall to Pat and Ed Kane of Rochester, who loved him and cared for him until he passed away in their arms three months later.
Her short time with Benny inspired Pat to launch Benny's Kitchen, a component of the "community kitchen." And on Tuesday afternoon, the pet food pantry received a bulk donation.
in Rochester Hills donated 100 bags of dog and cat food to Benny's Kitchen. The Kanes shop at the Walton Boulevard store and co-owner Lindsey Roslonski said she knows Benny's story well.
The donation will help serve an often-forgotten need in the community, Kane said. The community kitchen staff will help identify people needing pet food and supplies in the community.
"There isn't anywhere else in Rochester for these people to go if they can't afford pet food," Kane said. "Often they are facing a choice between food for themselves and food for their pets."
On Tuesday Chief John Cieslik and members of his department, along with officers from the , loaded up a truck with the donated pet food and stacked it in the basement food pantry at the Rochester Community House.
Anyone wishing to donate to Benny's Kitchen may drop off dog food, dog bones, toys, cookies, cat food, cat treats, or litter to the Rochester Community House. Any monetary donation should be made payable to the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester, MI 48307; mark it for “Benny’s Kitchen.”