With no state budget approved to provide funding, the Bond County Senior Center meals programs are continuing to operate on a month-by-month basis.
Anna Oestreich, senior center director, told WGEL meals served at lunch time at the center and Meals on Wheels will continue in October.
Oestreich told WGEL 8% of the center’s budget comes from county tax revenue. She said the center is expecting to receive some of those funds shortly. Typically, that money is used to pay down the previous year’s deficit; however that won’t be possible this year. Oestreich said those funds will help ensure meals for October, but November is, “still a pretty big question mark.”
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The executive director reported she has heard reimbursement for meal services provided in September will eventually be received.
Oestreich said another problem facing the center is the fact that a federal budget has yet to be passed.
With the future of meal service up in the air through the senior center, Oestreich said meal recipients and caregivers should have a contingency plan in case programs are discontinued.
Oestreich said state and federal funds fail to cover the entire cost of providing meals, so the local center continuously conducts fundraisers, such as the ham and bean dinner over the past weekend.