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Farmers market vouchers for seniors return Thursday

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MEDINA — One of the Medina County Office for Older Adults’ most popular programs will kick off Thursday.

The Office for Older Adults will give away 194 packets of vouchers to those in the senior farmers market voucher program. Each packet will contain 10, $5 vouchers to be used at markets in the county including the Main Street Wadsworth farmers markets, Silvercreek Farm, Valley City farmers markets, Medina County farmers markets and Brunswick farmers markets.

“I cannot tell you how popular this program is,” Office for Older Adults Executive Director Laura Toth said.

The office, located at 246 Northland Drive, will open at 7:30 a.m., with distribution at 8:30 a.m.

“We expect to deliver all of the coupons by noon Thursday,” Toth said. “It’s on a first-come, first-serve (basis).”

It is the only location vouchers can be picked up. Seniors must fill out an application to qualify for the income-based voucher program.

Annual income thresholds for a family of one is $23,107 or below and $31,284 or below for a family of two.

Applications are available at Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth; Brunswick Rec Center, 3637 Center Road, and the Office for Older Adults.

Toth said she’s found this is the best way to hand out the vouchers.

“It’s the only way to bring all of these people together in one large distribution,” she said.

“People can walk in and fill it out on site,” she said.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

“I’m amazed at how much the farmers market program has grown since the first year,” Commissioner Pat Geissman said Tuesday.

Toth agreed.

“It has continued to grow and grow,” she said. “People certainly the fresh produce.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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