It is summer and once again time to sign up for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program. This is an opportunity for Portage County senior citizens (at least 60 years of age) with a monthly one-person household income of $1,658 ($2,233 for a two-person household) to obtain $50 worth of vouchers to be spent at local Farmers Markets.
Vouchers can only be used on locally grown produce such as fruits (no bananas), vegetables, honey & fresh cut herbs.
The Portage County Senior Center is once again the "point of contact" for the program. Teresa, the director, has arranged for an open sign-up day, June 5 from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.
You must provide proof of income and age at the time you apply. Keep in mind, like any other program like this, there are more of you who are eligible, than there are vouchers to be distributed. This is a federally funded program, distributed by the Ohio Department of Aging to various entities within its borders.
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna will once again be sponsoring a Farmers Market in its front parking lots.
The Markets will open the last week of June, and run through September. Watch the newspaper and signs outside the Portage Medical Center for the exact date. Once again it is being coordinated by the Auxiliary and Volunteer Department.
Mark your calendars for June 28 for the Fourth Annual Senior Forum, hosted by the Portage County Job & Family Services.
The Forum will include information tables, door prizes, health screenings and a free lunch.
It is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 S.R. 88 in Ravenna.
For more information about the event, contact Job & Family Services’ Public Information Officer Kim McClendon at 330-357-7190.
Hope to see you all there!
During the next few weeks, don’t forget to watch the newspaper for Community Action Council’s Summer Home Energy sign-up schedule.
This program also makes federal funds available to assist low income residents who financially qualify (up to 200 percent of the national poverty level). These funds can assist you with your electric bills, so that you can afford to run your air conditioners and fans during hot weather.
To get the exact dates for this summer’s program, you can call 330-297-1456.
Contact Salley Kelly at 330-687-9501 or Sentrip65@yahoo.com