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Spokane, Wash., June 6// -- To help the thousands of children in Spokane County who will not receive the nutritious free or reduced price school meals over the summer, the employees of Avista are stepping up to the plate on Tuesday, June 7, in support of National Hunger Awareness Day and Second Harvest Inland Northwest.
Avista employees will be conducting an internal "What's for Lunch" food drive June 6 10 to coincide with the end of school. And, to recognize Avista employees who developed and manage a raised 40-bed community garden along a portion of the company's Spokane campus, Avista will join food industry donors in a convoy as part of Second Harvest Inland Northwest events on June 7. More than two tons of fresh produce from the employee garden has been given to Second Harvest Inland Northwest over the previous two summers.
Anne Marie Axworthy, director of community development at Avista, said supporting the Second Harvest Inland Northwest in fighting hunger is an important community focus for the company.
"For struggling local families, there is no vacation from hunger," Axworthy said. "For our community to prosper, we need to work together to make sure the almost 7,000 children who receive assistance each month through neighborhood food outlets do not go hungry during the summer. These children need a healthy, nourishing path to the future."
Through bulk and leveraged purchasing, Second Harvest Inland Northwest is able to turn every dollar donated into $10 worth of food to benefit the 90 Spokane-area programs that help feed nearly 25,000 people every month. To help in that effort, Avista is including a donation envelope for Second Harvest Inland Northwest in its June statement to approximately 74,000 Spokane-area customers.
Jason Clark, executive director for Second Harvest Inland Northwest, noted "we need to engage as many people as possible in the fight against hunger. Avista's efforts result not only in direct support for our programs, but also encourage support from the broader community. We continue to value their long partnership in providing food for our hungry neighbors."
Additionally, the Avista Foundation has given a total of $21,650 over the previous two years to food banks in communities served by Avista Utilities.
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 a company operating division that provides service to 330,000 electric and 285,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.'s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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