Senior Center offering produce vouchers to local seniors

Senior Center offering produce vouchers to local seniors

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Saving money is something every senior citizen on a limited income relishes, and beginning this May, the Holmes County Darb Snyder Senior Center is making sure county senior citizens have a chance to purchase quality fresh food for a good, balanced meal.

The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program is kicking off and is designed to help seniors through a voucher program. In Holmes County the only market that is participating in the program is Harvey’s Market, with locations west of Millersburg on state Route 39 and west of Walnut Creek, also on state Route 39. In addition, there are participating farmers markets located in neighboring counties that will accept the vouchers.

Georgie Cool, senior center director, said any market that posts the Senior Farmers’ Market sign is eligible.

“Last year we had a large number of seniors who participated, and we are looking for it to double this year,” Cool said. “It’s been a tremendous program, especially for senior couples over 60 years of age. They can both fill out an application and they will get double the coupons.”

The SFMNP was created in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture to work with low-income adults age 60 and older to purchase produce at farmers markets and roadside stands or farm stands through a series of coupon vouchers.

“Each eligible senior can get ten $5 vouchers to use at our participating farmers market,” Cool said. “It is a wonderful program that can really be a cost-saving, valuable way for our seniors to put food on their tables.”

To qualify for the program, seniors must be Holmes County residents of age 60 or older. There are qualifying financial guidelines as well. To obtain the coupon vouchers, interested parties can call the Holmes County Senior Center at 330-674-0580. They will be mailed an application form that should be completed and returned to the center. If an applicant is approved, they will receive a phone call to come to the center and pick up their coupons.

Seniors also may stop by the senior center and fill out an application in person, beginning May 2. Cool said the center will continue to fill out and accept application forms through October.

“If someone wants to wait until the fall to utilize these savings to wait for the fall produce, that is fine,” Cool said.

Cool said the seniors are anxious to return to the senior center, but because it continues to remain closed, they can take advantage of offers like this one that help provide provisions to meet their daily needs.

“We’ve developed such a wonderful relationship with so many of our county’s seniors, and we understand the struggles they might be going through in putting food on their tables,” Cool said. “Between this program and our Meals on Wheels program that sees us delivering food all over the county five days a week, we hope we are helping them save some money that they can use elsewhere.”

Anyone with questions or who would like to participate in the voucher program can call the senior center at 330-674-0580. The mailing address to request an application is Darb Snyder Holmes County Senior Center, 170 Parkview Drive, Millersburg, OH 44654.

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