NORTH BEND - A variety of ways have been created to gather food for the hungry, but a local business may have reached a new level of creativity to aid that effort.
Rachel Dunn and her husband, Brian Graham, own Flying Chicken Tattoo. This Sunday, Aug. 11, they will be hosting a non-perishable food drive, called Inked for a Cause, trading tattoos for food. If getting ink is not your thing, other businesses have jumped on board to offer their own goods and services.
The original idea did not come as some single epiphany, rather it formed over time from one couple’s simple desire to help.
“I’ve always helped people who are hungry, all my life, but now with this business we have a big voice,” Dunn said, referring to the thousands who visit their business’ Facebook page each week. “You just always look for little ways to give back where and when you can.”
For beginners and veterans in the world of body ink, they are offering a tempting and unprecedented bargain for a service that typically starts at $125 an hour.
This food drive is unique in another way. A minimum donation of $50, in food or funds, is needed along with a receipt. The intent is simply to ensure that people aren’t trading food stamps or other non-negotiable assets for a tat.
To help things run smoothly they acquired the assistance of Oregon Coast Community Action, the agency that overseas South Coast Food Share. They will have their van set up, with nine workers on hand, in the parking lot next door to Flying Chicken at 2235 Broadway Ave. That will serve as the single donation site, with ORCCA in charge of exchanging vouchers and gift certificates for food or checks made out to South Coast Food Share.
ORCCA’s Amanda D’Souza says all non-perishable food donations will be accepted and appreciated, and all food collected will be distributed to South Coast Food Share's network of 28 partner agencies, located throughout Coos and Curry Counties. “ Just $1 will help us move seven pounds of food!”
The opportunity is there to make a huge difference in just one day, and in more ways than one.
“It’s double-cool for me because this is a tattoo shop,” Dunn said. “It’s a chance to open some eyes and challenge our whole thought of what we think people are or aren’t. Sadly, Brian’s the one that has to do all the work while I’m the one that’s coming up with ,’hey, I have an idea,” she added with a chuckle.
You can learn more about the Inked for a Cause event on Facebook, either at the event page titled “non-perishable food drive” or on the Flying Chicken Tattoo page.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.