As Jolene Hargis, owner of Keizer Sub Shop of Keizer, Oregon says, “We are first and foremost a high-quality sub sandwich shop. But after that, we strive to create a happy and fun atmosphere for our customers and employees. Our goal is that everyone leaves happier than when they came in.”

What hasn’t been a happy situation has been the devastating impacts of COVID on restaurants like Keizer Sub Shop. “We worked very hard to keep everyone employed during and after the closure of our business,” says Hargis. “That negatively impacted our bottom line, but we really wanted to keep everyone together.”

Now that they are emerging from the initial shutdown, Hargis and team want to provide some relief to others in the community and that is why they are joining forces with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On project. And that is why Keizer Sub Shop is providing free sandwiches to front line workers and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “With funding support from Columbia Bank ,we are passing it on with sandwiches both to the Salem Hospital ICU staff and to local teachers,” she says. “Health care workers and teachers are more important than ever, and with Columbia Bank’s help, we want to show them how much we appreciate their tireless work.”