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

Date: October 29, 2004

Application Time Extended for Homeless Shelter Grants

(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced an extension of the deadline for Idaho homeless and transitional shelters to apply for a nutrition grant through his office. Attorney General Wasden said his office will accept applications from eligible organizations until November 15, 2004. Grant applications, eligibility information and instructions for completing the application are available on the Consumer Protection section of the Attorney General's Website.

"We have a little over $90,000 available for homeless shelters and similar organizations in Idaho to help them provide healthy meals for the people they serve," Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. "I want to encourage eligible organizations to apply for a grant so that this money is put to good use for the benefit of people throughout Idaho."

Attorney General Wasden's office will distribute a total of $92,448 in grant money to non-profit organizations that manage an eligible Idaho homeless shelter, transition house, domestic violence safe house, group home or other similar facility. The shelters may use the money to purchase food and/or food-related kitchen equipment, such as a refrigerator, oven or food processor.

The funds were received from settlements resolving two lawsuits. The first resolved a case alleging that several international manufacturers conspired to fix prices for vitamins and vitamin products. Wasden's office has previously distributed $255,000 to 79 Idaho senior citizen centers and an additional $950,000 to other nutrition programs in Idaho as a result of the vitamin case.

The second settlement resolved a lawsuit alleging that Salton, Inc., a distributor of small household appliances, had engaged in resale price fixing.

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NOTE TO READERS - This settlement information has expired and is no longer available.

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