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Post-It Notes Help Feed the Hungry

BLOOMSBURG — Two restaurants in Bloomsburg teamed up to feed the less fortunate this holiday season. The businesses are working together using Post-It not...
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BLOOMSBURG -- Two restaurants in Bloomsburg teamed up to feed the less fortunate this holiday season. The businesses are working together using Post-It notes to feed the hungry.

What may look like just a Post-It note on the window of "Seasons on Main" in downtown Bloomsburg is worth a lot more than just a piece of paper. It is good for one slice of pizza and a soda.

Gary Vadakin owns "Seasons on Main," which is a fine-dining restaurant in Bloomsburg. He says he wanted to do something to help the less fortunate in the community. After seeing a video on YouTube of a coffee shop that asked its customers to buy a cup of coffee for someone who couldn't afford it, the wheels started turning in his head.

"How they did it was unique by putting a Post-It note in front of their window. It was there 24 hours and anyone could take it and cash it in for a free cup of coffee," Vadakin said.

But Vadakin says he wanted to take it up a notch and give people a hot meal. So he asks his diners for $1 to sponsor a Post-It note.

After people pick up one of those Post-It notes they walk five blocks down Main Street and redeem it for a free slice of pizza and a soda at Unida Pizza.

"We started selling the coupons and putting them out on Halloween night and so far we've gotten about $330 donated and we've brought in about 175 of the coupons," Jared Shuman said.

Make that $350. Once Mark Barnes heard about the program he donated $20.

"Just for people not to be embarrassed going into somebody and saying I need food, they can just bring a Post-It and bring it down here to Jared here at Unidas. It's a good thing that our town needs," Barnes said.

"I see a lot of kids that you can tell that their parents aren't fortunate enough to be able to pay for them to get something to eat or make them something to eat," Shuman said.

Both restaurant owners say they plan to continue the program through the winter.