Since 1993, Imelda’s Coffee Casa of Caldwell, Idaho has been serving up delicious homemade flour and corn tortillas and providing a build-it-yourself taco bar to their adorning customers. “We were the first restaurant in town to serve homemade tortillas, and it’s so fun to see the amazing creations our customers build with them at the taco bar,” says owner, Imelda Soto.

Keeping those customers safe has been a priority at Imelda’s during the pandemic. “We’ve really changed the way we operate due to COVID,” says Soto. “We’ve reduced capacity to socially distance, our servers wear masks continuously, and we constantly disinfect every surface. It’s been a challenge, but we want to make sure our customers can dine with us in confidence.”

Imelda’s dedication to their clients is just one reason Columbia approached her to join in on their Pass It On Project. Imelda’s Coffee Casa is extending good fortune to others with support for low-income students and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “We are passing it on to a local chapter of Upward Bound called TRIO which provides support and services to low-income students,” says Soto. “All students are struggling during the pandemic, but none more so than those with limited means. We hope our gift of food and coffee will make their path a little easier during this challenging time.”