The Columbia Gorge—a vast rural area larger than the state of Connecticut with only 75,000 people—is characterized by extremes. Not far from the coffeehouses and boutiques are remote towns where some residents live in poverty and the nearest doctor’s office may be an hour away. Orchards produce a bounty —but 1 out of 5 people report running out of food on a regular basis. To bridge those disparities, the people of the Columbia Gorge region turned an ordinary requirement from Oregon lawmakers into an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health and wellness of all residents. Read more about our story >>