If lower-income individuals age 60 and over haven’t already received Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupons this year, they may still obtain them. To be eligible for the program, the Ohio resident must be 60 years of age or older, have an annual income of $22,311 or less as a single person or combined income of $30,044 or less for a household of two.
The coupons can be used for fresh local produce like sweet corn, blueberries, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, greens ,and cucumbers.
The Area Office on Aging has a limited number of coupons still available, which will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. If they have not received coupons in 2017, those age 60 and over can call the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624 to have an application mailed to them, come to the Area Office on Aging at 2155 Arlington Ave., Toledo, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or go to www.AreaOfficeOnAging.com to get the application and, upon approval, have the coupons mailed.
Cheryl Reed is one of 18,500 older northwest Ohioans who have already received $50 worth of coupons so far this year. “Ever since I was 18 years old, I have worked as a home health aide,” she said. “Now, when I get fresh fruits and vegetables with my coupons, I share some of the produce with my home health clients to make sure they also get fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets.”