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Eastern Washington food banks receive grants from Avista

December 17, 2012
Avista Foundation and employees donate more than $16,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec. 17, 2012: For some residents of eastern Washington, feeding their families can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Ten eastern Washington-area food banks will have a bit more money to stock their shelves in the months ahead as the result of grants issued by Avista Corp. and the Avista Foundation.
In eastern Washington the total donation amounts to $5,200. Recipients are Washington Gorge Action Programs, Bingen; Lincoln County Care and Share, Davenport; Connell Food Bank; Odessa Food Bank; Othello Food Bank; Ritzville Food Pantry; Warden Food Pantry; Cheney Food Bank; Sprague-Lamont 4-H Club; Valley Food Pantry, Our Place Community Ministries and Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Association, Spokane; and Spokane Valley Partners.
Separately, Avista employees donated $8,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank during “Tom’s Turkey Drive,” a Thanksgiving event sponsored by KREM television. Avista Foundation matched that amount, for a total donation to Second Harvest of $16,000.
“Community food banks are providing vital safety-net services in the communities we serve. Through theirbuying power and relationships with food producers, the food banks are able to leverage donations like ours to bring several times their value to help stock the shelves for those in need,” said Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp.. “Helping limited income families and seniors meet their nutritional needs is an important part of our emphasis on providing assistance to reduce poverty in the communities served by Avista Utilities.”
A total of $28,150 is being donated to food banks in Washington, Idaho Montana and Oregon by Avista Corp. and the Avista Foundation. Funding for donations, other than employee gifts, comes from foundation funds and company profits. It is not included as a cost to customers in developing retail rates.
2012 Avista and Avista Foundation Year-end Food Bank Donations - $28,150
Medford, OR
Addy Rescue Mission
Addy, WA
Asotin County Food Bank Assoc.
Clarkston, WA
Bayview Bible Chapel
Athol, ID
Bonner Community Food Center
Sandpoint, ID
Cheney Food Bank
Cheney, WA
Colville Volunteer Food & Resource Center
Colville, WA
Community Action Partnership (Funding for the following food banks:
Community Action Partnership of Kootenai County
Community Action Partnership of Benewah County
Community Action Partnership of Shoshone County
Community Action Partnership of Boundary County
Community Action Partnership of Bonner County
Community Action Partnership of Clearwater County
Community Action Partnership of Idaho County
Community Action Partnership of Latah County
Community Action Partnership of Lewis County
Community Action Partnership of Nez Perce & Asotin Counties)
Lewiston, ID
Community Action Center of Whitman County, serving Pullman & Colfax, WA
Pullman, WA
Community Connection of NE Oregon
La Grande, OR
Connell Food Bank
Connell, WA
The FISH of Roseburg
Roseburg, OR
Kettle Falls Community Chest
Kettle Falls, WA
Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank
Klamath Falls, OR
Lincoln County Care & Share
Davenport, WA
Loon Lake Food Pantry & Resource Center
Loon Lake, WA
Montana Food Bank Network
(Serving food banks in Sanders County, MT)
Missoula, MT
Northport Food Bank
Northport, WA
Odessa Food Bank
Odessa, WA
Othello Food Bank
Othello, WA
Our Place Community Ministries
Spokane, WA
Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Assoc.
Spokane, WA
Post Falls Food Bank, Inc.
Post Falls, ID
Priest River Food Bank
Priest River, ID
Rathdrum Community Food Bank
Rathdrum, ID
Ritzville Food Pantry
Ritzville, WA
Second Harvest
Spokane, WA
Senior Citizens of Chewelah Valley
Chewelah, WA
Sojourner’s Alliance
Moscow, ID
Spirit Lake Food Bank
Spirit Lake, ID
Sprague-Lamont 4-H Club
Sprague, WA
United Community Action Network
Grants Pass, OR
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane, WA
Valley Food Pantry
Valley, WA
Washington Gorge Action Programs
Bingen, WA
Warden Food Pantry
Warden, WA
West Bonner County Food Bank
Priest River, ID
About Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002 with dollars from the sale of appreciated Itron stock, focuses its giving on grants to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·        education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·        vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·        economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp.
About Avista Corp.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.  Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 361000 customers and natural gas to 320,000 customers.  Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista's primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Ecova. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com or www.avistautilities.com.