Oneida County’s Department on Aging expects to receive more than $6,000 in donations to help cover a projected shortfall in funding for senior meals next year.
Dianne Jacobson, the department director, said Friday that an anonymous couple agreed to donate $5,000 in November, and another anonymous donor donated $1,000 earlier this month.
The department also expects to receive about $200 raised from proceeds of a wing-eating contest at Bucketheads Sports Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.
The donations were made in response to news that the department was facing a $5,500 budget gap next year in its senior-meal program because of federal funding cuts.
Jacobson said she was grateful for the community’s support.
“The response has been amazing,” Jacobson said. “We’ve been overwhelmed with support we’ve received. I’m surprised but I’m not. People are very generous up here.”
Jacobson said the donations would help cover next year’s budget for now, but there is always a chance costs will increase if the program serves more people. Serving more meals does not automatically mean additional funding, she said.
“We don’t get more grant money just because we serve more people,” Jacobson said.
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