Whether you’re looking for an award-winning IPA or one of their barrel series brews, Plank Town Brewing Company has been slinging craft beers to the Springfield, Oregon community since they started brewing in 2013.

Owner Bart Caridio takes pride in the Northwest-inspired menu and being a part of the Springfield community. But things have been tough as of late for Plank Town. COVID-19 has caused closures, limited seating, and plenty of learning on the fly over the past six months.

Business is picking back up and Caridio was excited to be a part of Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project. Caridio knew exactly a need for an important group of people and that is why Plank Town Brewing Company is offering his kitchen to CORE Eugene, a group dedicated to supporting, empowering and advocating for young people and Columbia Bank is covering the cost. CORE Eugene will use the kitchen every other Friday to serve young people hot food in a safe and inclusive environment.

“CORE has an awesome cause that hits close to our Head Chef’s heart due to her past experiences. She has been homeless in the past and truly knows what it’s like to be young without access to normal resources,” Caridio said. “This project is an amazing opportunity to help CORE Eugene and the young people that they help while forming a long-lasting partnership and building for the future,” Caridio said. “It also struck me that Columbia Bank is passing along funds to Plank Town, with which we are buying wholesale ingredients for and sending volunteers to help CORE, and then CORE is making the meals and passing it on to young people in need. It’s going to pass it on one more time than we initially expected.”