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PRESS RELEASE: The Great Gorge Melt Grilled Cheese for a Cause

The Dalles, OR — This March, satisfy your cravings and support a worthy cause with Columbia Gorge Food Bank’s first annual Great Gorge Melt! Participating restaurants in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties are teaming up to offer delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Columbia Gorge Food Bank to aid hunger relief efforts throughout the Gorge.

The Great Gorge Melt presents a unique opportunity for community members to make a difference simply by enjoying a tasty meal. By purchasing a grilled cheese at any of the participating restaurants throughout the month of March, diners will be directly contributing to the fight against hunger in their local area.

“We believe in the power of food to bring people together and make a positive impact,” said Leah Hall, Community Philanthropy Manager for the Columbia Gorge Food Bank. “With every grilled cheese sold, we are helping to provide vital support to individuals and families facing food insecurity in our community.”

The Columbia Gorge Food Bank, a cornerstone of hunger relief supporting over 40 partners in The Gorge, will benefit from the proceeds raised during The Great Gorge Melt.

By supporting this initiative, community members are helping to ensure that their neighbors have access to nutritious food when they need it most.

To learn more about how you can participate in The Great Gorge Melt and support hunger relief efforts in Wasco, Hood River, and Sherman Counties, contact Leah Hall at 971-223-3383.

Join us in making a difference, one grilled cheese at a time, with The Great Gorge Melt!

Participating restaurants include:

The Balch Hotel (Dufur)

Bargeway Pub (The Dalles)

Rivertap (The Dalles)

Spooky’s restaurant (The Dalles)

Zim’s Sports Bar & Grill (The Dalles)

Cousins’ Restaurant and Saloon (The Dalles)

Pine Street Bakery (Hood River)

Ferment Brewing Company (Hood River)

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River)

Grass Valley Market (Grass Valley)



At Columbia Gorge Food Bank, we hold people experiencing hunger and food insecurity at the center of our actions and decisions. We envision a community where each person can participate, prosper and have access to food that is both nourishing and culturally relevant.

We commit to serve our communities in ways that value the people who live here and their lived experiences. We resolve to listen to and include these communities in our work, and to respond where bias and inequities appear. Our food programs and public policy efforts aim to build a society where everyone can thrive – celebrating our differences and working together to overcome injustices that might divide us …because no one should be hungry.

For additional information about our role as the regional food distribution hub, click here.

Contact Information:

Leah Hall
Columbia Gorge Food Bank
3525 Crates Way
The Dalles, OR 97058



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