You’ve seen us mention many times here on News Lincoln County that local food pantries, nationwide, are having to go to great lengths to keep from having to turn away hungry families. Many are former middle class families who have run out of unemployment checks, cannot find a job, have spent down what savings they had and are facing what most people consider to be the “the unimaginable” for a country with so much wealth. They are very nearly homeless with very little to eat. And they have children who need a nutritious diet in order to build strong, healthy bodies.
But again, as we’ve mentioned before, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently that their own program of emergency food deliveries has been cut nearly in half due to budget cuts. And it’s thrown thousands of local food pantries for a loop. They’re frantically launching food drives and asking for cash donations so they can buy more nutritious foods for their growing number of hungry families.
A local coffee shop has jumped in to help the Yachats Food Pantry continue to feed them. Yachats Village Bean owner Barbara Shepherd and her employees are holding “Tipsy Tuesdays” every Tuesday to funnel all customer tips into a big jar which is then turned over to the Yachats Food Pantry to buy food. In fact Barbara sends a “shout out” to other area coffee shops to join in her campaign.
To take it a step further, maybe other “tip oriented” businesses, like restaurants and watering holes, might consider a similar campaign.