Not your average eatery, Jujubeet Café of Bellevue, Washington caters to people with very particular tastes. “We are a local plant-based, gluten free restaurant serving customers in the Puget Sound,” says owner Bianca Szyperski. “We started with just one store in downtown Bellevue but have grown to open several more locations – serving a very health conscious clientele.”

What hasn’t been healthy of course, has been the effect of the pandemic on restaurants. “Everything came to a standstill,” says Szyperski. “Initially it was brutal, but luckily we received a Paycheck Protection Program loan through Columbia Bank and have been slowly returning to normal.”

Returning to normal is something Szyperski and team want to help others accomplish as well, and were excited to jump on board with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project. With Columbia Bank paying the bill, Jujubeet Café is providing free food to kids with special dietary needs. “We are passing it on by providing food to parents who have children with certain food intolerances,” she says. “Parents have had such a difficult time during the pandemic, and with Columbia Bank’s help, we are going to take one less worry from them.”