Food pantry targeted by vandals to paint mural

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A local food pantry that’s been targeted by vandals is looking into a creative way to fight back.

A new mural is planned to cover a graffiti-ridden wall at With God’s Grace food pantry.

“We actually have painted over some of it [graffiti] and it keeps on coming back,” director Nicole Adkins said. “A lot of our families don’t know what the tags mean. And not knowing what the tags mean, they get kind of standoffish – ‘Is it a safe area or not?'”

With God’s Grace feeds hundreds of families every week, and the wall has become an eyesore.

Adkins says they’re going to paint a mural that covers the entire length to discourage vandals from tagging the wall, again.

“If an artist puts their work on it, the taggers respect that – and they won’t come back and graffiti it,” Adkins said.

But, she said, it’s going to take a lot of work and they want the community to get involved.

“We would like to get the wall power washed, this week – Thursday or Friday,” she said. “And be able to start being able to prime it, sometime later next week.”

She’s even inviting the graffiti artists who have already put paint on her wall.

“We invite them with open arms to come out and show us your talent in your creative way – not just with the tags,” she said.

Adkins says if you’re interested in helping, all you have to do is show up at With God’s Grace at 622 Springfield Street anytime from 9am to 2pm.

Adkins says she wants to get the mural completed before Thanksgiving.

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