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Effort aims to provide support to local hospitality workers and their families

PMG FILE PHOTO - In a partnership with the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES), the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association (DHWA) is launching a program called Share the Bounty, which aims to help hospitality workers and their families challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a partnership with the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES), the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association (DHWA) is launching a program called Share the Bounty, which aims to help hospitality workers and their families challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workers impacted by the pandemic financially, either through layoffs or otherwise, can sign up for the program and be provided a meal for four from a local restaurant. The Share the Bounty program takes donations for its efforts and those donations fund meals for those in need throughout the county.

"As you may be aware, the hospitality industry has been devastated by the coronavirus and its impact on travel," DHWA spokeswoman Sarah Reid said in a news release. "It's resulted in extensive layoffs and even with reopening underway, there's no chance of things returning to 'normalcy' anytime soon.

"Some members within the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association got together and created (the program) … where local restaurants in the area take turns cooking hearty meals for individuals who have been impacted by hospitality layoffs. Each meal feeds up to four people and must be reserved in advance," Reid said.

Donations can be submitted at dundeehills.org/share-the-bounty. Funds donated will offset the costs of making the food for the local restaurants contributing to the effort, and that allows the meals to be free for those in need while providing a small amount of revenue to the restaurants.

"Community matters now more than ever," Denise Flora, president of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, said in the release. "It's our privilege to serve the impacted members of the hospitality industry who have helped grow the Dundee Hills into one of the premier wine regions in the world."

The restaurants involved include Ruddick Wood in Newberg, Red Hills Market in Dundee and Earth & Sea in Carlton. Lunabean Media collaborated with the organizations for promotion of the effort.

Businesses in the Dundee Hills and surrounding areas are undergoing a "steady and thoughtful" reopening as Yamhill County remains in Phase 2. Tasting rooms and restaurants are welcoming guests with a number of extensive safety precautions in place, including "physical distancing, increased sanitation and face coverings by all service staff in an effort to support the health and safety of guests and employees," the release said. New hours are in place at many of the businesses as well and guests are urged to visit the business's website and check if reservations are necessary before visiting.

According to the release, farmers, winemakers and chefs — along with bed and breakfasts — will be featured on the DHWA website throughout the next few months as reopening begins and businesses return to serving customers.

The website also will feature an interactive map for people to plan out a day or weekend trip to the various businesses in the area, and also keep up with special events planned throughout the summer with safety in mind.

Reid said the Share the Bounty program will have a significant impact on those in the region who have lost their jobs or are financially struggling due to the pandemic. In promotion of this program, more people will be drawn to the DHWA website as well, which she said could lead to more people patronizing local businesses as they work their way back.

"We're helping local restaurants and helping those in our community who need an extra hand," Reid said. "So many of the individuals recently laid off have spent their lives serving the hospitality industry in Yamhill County, and now the hospitality industry gets the opportunity to serve them. Our region has always prided itself on collaboration. This is just another example of that."


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