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By Michele Smith
the Times 

The Port of Columbia and the Dayton Chamber are teaming up to help business owners and workers during the COVID-19 challenge


April 30, 2020

Michele Smith

DAYTON-National Guardsmen from throughout eastern Washington were on hand at the Columbia County fairgrounds last Tuesday to distribute food to those struggling with food insecurity. Eric Mora, Assistant Warehouse Operator for the Blue Mountain Action Council, which oversees the regional food bank, said business has been brisk. 153 households in Columbia County were served the week following Easter Sunday. Mora said this drive-through food bank will continue to operate at the fairgrounds on Tuesdays, from 2-4 p.m. $99,000 was designated for the regional food bank through funds from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

DAYTON-Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Port of Columbia and Dayton Chamber officials have been working to gather, distill, and impart information that will help the business community as well as sidelined workers weather the COVID-19 storm.

Part of this information gathering includes trying to decipher the programs they are looking into so they can help answer questions, reaching out to local foundations that have emergency funds, and then getting that money into the community.

"That is how we got the $25,000 from Blue Mountain Community Foundation and $20,000 from Innovia for...

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