Area Agency on Aging Receives Boost in Funding

The CSU, Chico-based Area Agency on Aging will receive at least a 4 percent increase in federal funds this year, the first such increase in a decade.

Vicki Paxton, agency director, said an appropriation bill signed by President Clinton last week contains a nationwide increase in funds for senior citizen nutrition services.

The area agency, which serves Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, and Tehama Counties, will receive approximately $60,000 in added revenue for home-delivered and weekday lunch programs. Ninety-five percent of the agency's annual budget of approximately $1.6 million comes from the federal government.

"This is the first time in at least ten years that our federal appropriation level has increased," said Paxton. "The money is certainly needed to assist us in serving seniors in the area of nutrition."

The Area Agency on Aging, part of the Janet Levy Center, is located on the CSU, Chico campus. The CSU, Chico Research Foundation oversees the Janet Levy Center, which administers several support services programs. The center's budget is approximately $3.1 million.

The California Department of Aging disperses federal funds to the state's thirty-three area agencies on aging. The state matches federal appropriations at a 5 percent level.


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