Mohave County Faces Grant Cuts for Senior Program | Kingman Miner Daily

KINGMAN — The Mohave County Health Department is seeking to renew a grant program with the Western Arizona Council of Governments for its senior nutrition program, but with a substantial reduction in the funding offered.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to approve a $727,425 grant from WACOG’s regional agency on aging to fund programs for seniors in the county. According to county records, however, the contract will be reduced by $341,109 this year due to the elimination of additional coronavirus relief funding that was provided during the pandemic to increase meals available to county seniors. by Mohave.

The county’s senior programs are collectively funded by the Western Arizona Council of Governments, the Mohave County General Fund, the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System, and community donations.

Under the contract, county officials would be required to submit monthly reports on how the funding is used and how many Mohave County residents are receiving services from the Seniors Nutrition Program. The county will also be required to submit new customer enrollment forms for WACOG-funded group meal programs each week. The county should also match at least 10% of WACOG expenses for communal meals and meals delivered to homes.

But despite WACOG grant cuts this year, the Mohave County Senior Nutrition Program is expected to maintain a budget of $595,000 next year, up nearly $40,000 from 2022.

The program is expected to continue providing congregate meals at Mohave County seniors facilities in Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City. Food will be delivered to homebound customers through the “Meals on Wheels” program in Kingman, Havasu, Golden Shores, Golden Valley and Mohave Valley.

The county is due to vote on whether to extend its grant agreement with WACOG, with reduced funding, at the upcoming Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Aug. 15 in Kingman.

Ryan H. Bowman