Walla Walla wineries help food bank

The Salvation Army has outgrown it current facility and needs to expand.

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Donations for the Walla Walla Salvation Army Food Bank were accepted at Adamant Cellars. Tasting room fees were donated at Le Chateau Winery, Tero Estates and Flying Trout Winery.

WALLA WALLA -- On a weekend where throngs of tourists come to town to satiate their appetites for fine wine, good food and a variety of entertainment, a few wineries around town were helping to build a bigger room to hold more food to feed the hungry.

"The new food bank is needed to replace the current food bank, which is the size of a two-car garage," said J. Andrew Rodriguez, Walla Walla Salvation Army advisory board chair.

Last year the food bank distributed 50 tons of food from its facility at 827 W. Alder St.

With a need for more space, Rodriguez asked local wineries if they would participate in a drive to raise funds.

"The second they said food bank, I said OK I am in on it," Adamant Cellars co-owner Debra Stringer said.

Adamant Cellars was one of four wineries that agreed to dedicated their tasting room fees to the Salvation Arm y Food Bank. The others were Le Chateau Winery, Tero Estates and Flying Trout Winery.

On Friday, Stringer said Adamant Cellars collected about $50, and by noon on Saturday it had surpassed the previous day's amount.

Adamant Cellars does not charge a tasting room fee, so everything in the jar was by donation, she added.

Stringer added that wineries are often asked for donations, but when she heard about the cause she had a hard time saying no.

"I grew up hungry. So that really speaks to me," she said, while standing behind a register selling bottles and cases of wine to customers. "It's about real people who can't afford food. We should all come together as a community to do our part to help out. And this we can do easy."

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