San Diego Coffee Sales Helping Feed Honduran Children

Coffee BeansYou might be happy to know that your daily caffeine fix could help care for hospitalized children in an underprivileged country, namely Honduras. Coffee4Kids Honduras is a nonprofit organization that sells organic Honduran coffee at locations such as Village Mail and More, 12463 Rancho Bernardo Road in Rancho Bernardo, Belen Artisan Bakery in Escondido and C’s Deli in Mira Mesa. The proceeds from the sale of the coffee go toward supporting children at Mario Catrino Rivas Hospital Noroccidental in San Pedro Sula, one of two hospitals in Honduras.

Coffee4Kids, run by Shawn Plowman of Rancho Penasquitos, provides much-needed hospital supplies for the hospital and food, toiletries and even school supplies for the children. In the seven years that Coffee4Kids has been running, they have fed over 350,000 children 92 tons of food. Most of that food has been purchased with the proceeds from the coffee which is given as a thank you gift after a suggested donation of $12.

Three times a year, Plowman takes a group on a mission to Honduras to visit the hospital and the children. During their most recent trip, they were able to buy medicine to ensure that no children died while they were there. Unfortunately, just before the group’s visit, 13 children died within a 12-hour period because neither the hospital nor the Honduran government had the means to provide the necessary treatment.

The organization is also supporting Honduran women in starting small businesses. Coffee4Kids buys the products made by the women, such as jewelry, bottled vanilla and other handmade items, which allows these women to support their families. Then, Coffee4Kids sells the products as well as the coffee every week at their booths at the Bernardo Winery Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, and the Scripps Ranch Farmers’ Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, Scripps Ranch.

If you’d like to participate, on November 3rd, Penasquitos Lutheran Church (14484 Penasquitos Drive) will be hosting a Baleada Night, a night of Honduran music and food, an artist creating caricatures, opportunity drawings and inspirational speakers, from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit Coffee4Kids.


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