Area Office on Aging offers coupons for free fruits and vegetables

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 11:40 AM EDT
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The Area Office on Aging is reminding senior citizens there is help available to pay for fresh fruits and vegetables. Anyone 60-years-old or older who meets the qualifications below is eligible for $50 worth of coupons. The coupons can be used for fresh local produce like sweet corn, blueberries, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, greens and cucumbers.

To be eligible for the program, the person must live in Ohio and 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 Area Office on Aging says it has a limited number of coupons still available, which will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone who meets the qualifications who has not received coupons in 2017, 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 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm or print out the application by clicking the "Apply Here" link on this page. For more information, click on the "More Information" link on this page/

Cheryl Reed is one of 18,500 older northwest Ohioans who have already received $50 worth of coupons so far this year. She said, "Ever since I was 18 years old, I have worked as a home health aide. 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."