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Montana Food Network Receives Grant from Avista
Support will benefit the Sanders County food banks

Dec. 17, 2012: For some residents of Sanders County, Mont., feeding their families can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Six community food banks in Sanders County will have a bit more money to stock their shelves in the months ahead as the result of a $2,400 grant made by the Avista Foundation.
 
Community food banks are providing a vital resource in Sanders County. 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 Tim Swant, Avista Utilities’ Clark Fork License manager.  “Small communities like Sanders County rely on neighbors helping each other. Especially in these economic times, Avista is proud to contribute to the food banks and ultimately help those families and seniors in need”
 
A total of $28,150 is being donated to food banks in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana by Avista Corp. and the Avista Foundation. Funding for these donations comes from foundation funds and company profits. It is not included as a cost to customers in developing retail rates.

 
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
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 361,000 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.

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