OTR eatery lets customers 'pay it forward'

Posted at 6:00 PM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 18:00:39-04

CINCINNATI – Customers at an Over-the-Rhine shop are “paying it forward” by helping to pay for meals of those who need it.

Park + Vine owner Dan Korman put up a “pay it forward” board in the shop/restaurant, allowing customers to post a sticky note with an amount of money to pay for someone else’s meal. When someone needs it, they just pull it off the board and use it to pay.

One in six people in the Tri-State struggles with hunger, according to Feeding America.

The store also accepts payment for beans and rice on a sliding scale, allowing customers to spend what they want or can.  They’ve have had a couple of people pay $2, but most are paying the full price, Korman said.

“We can give, we have that luxury, we have that cushion, so why not?” Korman said. “And again, it's open to anyone... So if anyone is having a day maybe they forgot their credit card, maybe they don't have any money on them. Maybe they just want to be a part of something like this.”