Summit County, Ohio (June 13, 2019): VANTAGE Aging hosted the Senior Health & Services Fair this Wednesday, June 12 from 8:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m. The event included services geared towards senior health and a farmers’ market. Nearly 400 people were in attendance.
VANTAGE oversees the Ohio Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers for Summit, Stark, and Wayne Counties. Those residing in Summit County attended the Health Fair with their applications. Homebound seniors could choose someone to be their personal shopper to pick up the coupons at the Fair. Stark and Wayne County recipients will receive their vouchers in the mail.
The Ohio Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program encourages seniors to make healthy food choices for improved health. The Ohio Farmers’ Market vouchers are designed to help seniors get fresh fruits and vegetables as an important part of federal dietary guidelines.
Adults age 60 and older that meet income guidelines may qualify for $50 worth of coupons to be used at local farmers’ markets for fresh produce, herbs, and honey grown locally.
Vouchers could be used at the VANTAGE Senior Health & Services Fair or at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Look for the senior farmers’ market (SFMNP) poster when shopping.
In addition to an on-site farmers’ market, the VANTAGE Senior Health Fair included vendors providing services geared towards senior health. Thank you to the following sponsors and partners:
- United Healthcare
- Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging
- Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services
- Summit County Probate Court
- The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
- Clear Captions
- Community Support Services
- Simply EZ Meals
Akron METRO also provided seniors with a free a ride to the Health Fair.
To learn more about the VANTAGE Senior Health & Services Fair, visit vantageaging.org/events/senior-health-services-fair/ or call 330-253-4597.
About VANTAGE Aging
VANTAGE Aging provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Non-medical in-home care is provided by Home Wellness Solutions. Behavioral Health Solutions offers mental health counseling and treatment for alcohol and other drug use issues to adults age 45 and older. Job training for low-income adults age 55 and older is offered through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Evidenced-based volunteering to meet local and national needs is provided by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio provides home-delivered and congregate meals to provide nutritional support to the homebound and disabled. Overall, VANTAGE’s programs come together to offer a path for positive aging. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, VANTAGE has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, call 330.253.4597 or visit www.vantageaging.org.
Media Relations Contact:
Senior Director of Community Engagement