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Bonner and Boundary County Food Banks Receive Grants from Avista
Lewiston Community Action Agency will distribute additional Avista support to food banks in Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Nez Perce and Asotin Counties

Dec. 20, 2011: Four community food banks in Bonner and Boundary counties in Idaho are the recipients of grants as part of Avista’s year-end donation program. A total of $25,010 is being donated to food banks in Idaho, Washington and Oregon by Avista and the Avista Foundation. In Bonner and Boundary counties the recipients are Bayview Bible Chapel, Athol; Bonner Community Food Center, Sandpoint; Priest River Food Bank and West Bonner County Food Bank, Priest River. In addition, the Lewiston, Idaho, Community Action Partnership, will administer grants to other food banks in Community Action Partnerships in Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Boundary, Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Asotin counties. Funding for these donations comes from foundation funds and company profits. It is not included as a cost to customers in developing retail rates.
 
“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 Patty Shea, Avista’s regional business manager for North Idaho. “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.”
 
2011 Avista and Avista Foundation Annual Food Bank Donations - $25,010
ACCESS, Inc.
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
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 358,000 customers and natural gas to 317,000 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.

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