For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: September 26, 2003

Attorney General Delivers Check To Weiser Senior Center

(Boise) -Attorney General Lawrence Wasden visited the Weiser Senior Center to deliver a check for $2,500. Wasden's office awarded a grant to the Weiser Senior Center from money received in an antitrust settlement involving price-fixing by an international vitamin cartel.

"The Weiser Senior Center will be able to purchase a freezer and reduce the suggested donation for lunches," Attorney General Wasden said. "The Weiser Senior Center has an outstanding record of support for seniors."

Wasden has notified all Idaho senior centers that provide meals to seniors that $300,000 was being held in trust for grant applications. Fifty-four senior centers have been awarded grants.

"I encourage any Idaho senior center that has not applied for a grant to contact my Consumer Protection Unit to do so," Attorney General Wasden said. "We have awarded more than $155,000 to assist senior centers to date."

In addition to the $300,000 available to senior centers, the court-approved settlement also provided money for other health and nutrition programs in Idaho:

  • $525,000 to the Idaho Food Bank for improved storage facilities. In a recent year, the Idaho Food Bank had to turn away more than 100 truckloads of food, valued at $6.7 million, because it could not properly store the food;

  • $150,000 to the Idaho Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs for the Meals on Wheels program;

  • $180,000 for early childhood immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis;

  • $100,000 to the March of Dimes for promotion of use of folic acid by expectant or nursing mothers. It is estimated that folic acid use would reduce 70% of all brain and spinal cord birth defects;

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