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Second Harvest receives $10,000 grant from Avista to help feed school children on weekends
Partnership will focus on kids most in need at Stevens Elementary School

Oct. 2, 2014: In Spokane, more than 24,000 children are growing up hungry. Area schools have noted that children who are hungry are more likely to be aggressive, hyperactive and exhibit behavior problems that make learning difficult. Building on its philanthropic focus on education and assistance for limited income families, Avista has made the first annual donation of $10,000 to Second Harvest in support of the “Bite 2 Go” program, providing backpacks of food to children each Friday afternoon for consumption over the weekend. Funding for this donation comes from company profits and is not included as a cost to customers in retail rates.
 
School nutrition programs fill an important gap during the week for children in our school who qualify for free or reduced price lunches. But, the stress of knowing that hunger will strike again over the weekend, stretches the attention limits of many of our kids and distracts them from learning in the classroom,” said Heather Richardson, principal at Stevens Elementary.
 
“The annual grant from Avista will help us provide weekend food for about 70 students each year who attend our school. We are most appreciative of this assistance from Avista and the partnership with Second Harvest and At the Core, a community-based organization that brings people together to help mitigate this hunger challenge.”
 
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