Columbia Fresh Produce, Walla Walla, Wash., is one of five companies to receive the top civics award in the state of Washington from Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Columbia Fresh, along with Weyerhaeuser, IKEA, Town Auto Group and McClain Insurance Services, received the Corporations for Communities award from the Secretary of State for its community involvement efforts. Chief executive officer Dewight Hall accepted the civics award from Wyman on Oct. 22.
The fresh produce company caught the attention of the secretary with their support of a new Salvation Army food bank currently under construction. Columbia Fresh partnered financially with the new location, designed with a free-choice pantry, where people may choose food in a grocery store-like setting.
The food bank also plans to have a demonstration kitchen to teach basic cooking and nutrition.
“Columbia Fresh Produce chose to invest in innovative concepts for the Walla Walla community, and will allow us to offer individuals and families struggling to make ends meet a one-stop location where they can receive help with multiple needs. Columbia Fresh Produce exemplifies a deep, enduring and sincere commitment to the people of the Walla Walla Valley,” said J. Andrew Rodriguez, advisory board chair of Walla Walla’s Salvation Army branch, in a news release,
Columbia Fresh also supports other community organizations like Future Farmers of America, 4H, Friends of Walla Walla, Embracing Orphans and Young Life.