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Idaho Foodbank receives $10,000 grant from the Avista Foundation for “A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families”
Avista Foundation announces a single round of grants totaling $81,500 for 2015

 

Aug. 5, 2015: Every month, more than 17,500 children, families and senior citizens in north central Idaho are hungry. When the cupboards are empty, The Idaho Foodbank and its partner networks help not only those who are below the poverty line, but those who are working yet still struggle to adequately feed themselves and their families. The Avista Foundation is proud to donate $10,000 to the north central branch of The Idaho Foodbank in support of “A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families,” a capital campaign.

“The Idaho Foodbank is the largest distributor of free, critical food items in Idaho, with warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello. This campaign gives us the opportunity to build a modern warehouse to serve the Lewiston area, with the equipment needed to accept and distribute more food, particularly  more fresh food, to schools, community centers and non-profit partners,” said Cari Miller, north central branch manager for The Idaho Foodbank. “The new teaching kitchen inside the warehouse will help us meet the growing demand for classes on how to make the best use of the food they receive and will provide the resources to offer nutrition programs geared to alleviate food insecurity among those many residents in need in our area.”
 
“We believe one of the vital elements of a healthy community is the care and feeding of those who are most in need, and often those are children and senior citizens. The new warehouse with energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers will give the food bank considerably more flexibility in the foods it can receive from a wider variety of sources,” said Mike Tatko, Avista’s Lewis-Clark area regional business manager.
 
Avista’s grant will be matched by a $5,000 grant to The Idaho Foodbank from CoBank, one of Avista’s financial partners. The contribution is made as part of CoBank’s Sharing Success program, a fund that matches the contributions of CoBank’s customers to charities of their choice.
 
 
Avista Foundation 2015 grants announced
The Avista Foundation will make just one distribution of grants in 2015. During this round, grant awards totaled $81,500 for programs in human care services, education, and economic and community vitality in Avista Utilities’ service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and in Juneau, Alaska, where Avista Corp. owns Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.
 
 
 
Organization
 
Purpose
 
Grant
 
Kootenai Health Foundation
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
IMAGINE, the capital campaign for Kootenai Health – expansion of Kootenai Health facilities
$45,000
The Idaho Foodbank
Lewiston, Idaho
A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families – new warehouse and demonstration kitchen for north central Idaho
$10,000
Spokane Symphony
Spokane, Wash.
Program support
 
 
 
$10,000
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley, Wash.
Facility upgrade projects, including demonstration kitchen, boiler and roof
$5,000
Juneau Jazz & Classics
Juneau, Alaska
Education and community outreach programs
$2,500
Christ Kitchen
Spokane, Wash.
Mobile Food Truck – job training program
$2,000
Gizmo Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Community Robotics Lab
$1,500
Juneau Symphony
Juneau, Alaska
Youth Music Education Program
$1,250
Josephine Community Libraries
Grants Pass, Ore.
21st Century Children’s Library
$1,250
Northeast Community Center
Spokane, Wash.
Playground Structure serving Head Start and Early Head Start Students
$1,000
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho Revitalization Project
$1,000
LaCrosse Community Pride
Support for facility and programs enhancing economic and cultural vitality in LaCrosse Wash.
$1,000
 
 
 
About Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation was established in 2002 with the objective of making a difference in our communities in a positive and sustainable way. Since its founding, the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling more than $3 million. 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, and
·         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. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities or AEL&P customers through rates.

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