MCCOA conducting summer produce program

Staff Report

POMEROY — Beginning May 1 the diners at the Meigs Senior Center who are over the age of 60 will receive a coupon for $5 in produce when they eat 10 or more senior special meals during the month.

To be eligible the person must be a Meigs County resident age 60 or over and scan their card each time they eat the senior lunch special. New people who don’t have a scan card can be signed up for one the first time they come in for lunch. After that, all you do is scan your card when you get your meal. These meals have a suggested donation of $2, but no one over the age of 60 will be denied a meal because of an inability to pay.

At the end of the month the Meigs County Council on Aging will tally the number of times each Meigs County senior has had the senior lunch special and if it is 10 or more we will issue them a $5 coupon to be used at Mitch’s Produce in Middleport. Then the process will start over in June and continue through the end of August. The coupons will not expire until Sept. 30, 2017. Participants will only receive one $5 coupon each month that they are eligible.

Seniors who have the senior lunch special at least 10 times per month from May through August will receive four $5 Summer Produce Coupons to spend at Mitch’s.

The Council on Aging is partnering with Mitch Meadows for the new program. This is not the Farmer’s Market Vouchers that will be issued through the Area Agency on Aging. This program is a local program through the Meigs Council on Aging in partnership with Mitch’s Produce in Middleport.

“We don’t want to leave out our Meals on Wheels participants, so we will be sending fresh produce to each person on the routes at least once a month during the summer. Anyone who has extra in their garden and would like to share it is welcome to drop it off at the Senior Center and we will distribute it to those who can no longer raise a garden for themselves,” stated the news release announcing the program.

Staff Report