Senior Nutrition Program

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The Older Americans Act, adopted in 1965 and reauthorized in 2016, faces rumors of having funding reduced that could impact the meals-on-wheels program serving over 500 older adult seniors in Vilas and Oneida counties.

Vilas County Commssion on Aging director Sue Richmond said there could be a 16% reduction that might impact the program.

"We're very worried," Richmond said. "We won't know until June but we have 105 seniors getting meals-on-wheels and Oneida has 424."

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Much was debated in Congress about mandatory across the board  budget cuts called sequestration. The impacts the federal sequester made in areas such as air traffic controllers and military bands were widely reported,  but the  cuts are having an impact on meals delivered to senior citizens.  

Ken Krall talks with Dianne Jacobson, the Director of the Oneida County Department on Aging about tough times for the Senior Nutrition Program.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson. More information is available at the office in Rhinelander.