One might be hard pressed to find similarities between Pendleton Oregon and the Galapagos Islands, but for Juan Panata, owner of Rolling Stone Bakery, both are home. “I’m from the famous Islands off the coast of Ecuador, but Pendleton is my new home and I love it here,” he says. “We started selling bread at the local farmer’s market, and now we have a great business that sells freshly baked goods to the community.”

It’s been hard during the pandemic to sell to his customer base during lockdowns, both for his own business and to the restaurants he stocks with bread and other essentials. “Because of restrictions with our restaurant partners, our wholesale orders have dropped drastically,” says Panata. “It’s been a real struggle, but every order is support from the community and we have been touched by their generosity.”

To show their gratitude, Rolling Stone Bakery is an enthusiastic partner with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project. Wanting to help those in need, Rolling Stone Bakery is providing goods to the Salvation Army and Columbia Bank is picking up the tab. “The community of Pendleton has been so good to us, and we can’t think of a better way than providing support to a signature community nonprofit like the Salvation Army,” says Panata. “We are passing it on to them so they in turn can pass it on to so many people who need help right now.”