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Congregate Meals Program 

Senior Farmers' Market Coupon Distribution Day—July 7, 2017

Farmers’ Market Coupon Books are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Maryland by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Department of Aging. The purpose of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to:

  1. Provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets to low-income seniors.
  2. Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets.
  3. Develop or aid in the development of new farmers’ markets.

This year, coupon books will be distributed at seven locations around Baltimore County on Friday, July 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. or until the supply runs out. The coupon book has a value of $30 and can be used at farmers’ markets throughout the State of Maryland. Due to demand, only one coupon book is provide per household.

To receive Farmers’ Market Coupon Books, the recipient:

  • Must be 60 years of age or older (Proof of Age Required)
  • Must be a resident of Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Must meet Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines

If an individual is unable to attend Coupon Distribution Day, another individual may serve as their proxy. The proxy must have the individual sign the proxy form (PDF), and then bring the form to a distribution site with a copy of the individual's identification showing their age and location of residence. The proxy must also bring identification for themselves.

Call the Baltimore County Maryland Access Point Office at 410-887-2594 if you have questions. If you are unable to obtain coupons on July 7, you may call 410-887-3052 after July 9 and ask to be put on a waiting list. Please do not contact the schools directly.

Coupon Distribution Locations

Council District 1

Hillcrest Elementary School

1500 Frederick Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Council District 2

Fort Garrison Elementary School

3310 Woodvalley Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21208

Council District 3

Cockeysville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library

9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

​Council District 4

Windsor Mill Middle School

8300 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244

Council District 5

Perry Hall Middle School

4300 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21236

Council District 6

Glenmar Elementary School

9700 Community Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21220

Council District 7

Dundalk-Sollers Point High School

1901 Delvale Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222

Eating Together

The Eating Together program provides a nutritious meal and companionship in over 36 sites in senior centers, community buildings and senior residences. The menus, planned as the main meal of the day, are made up of a variety of foods to provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutritional needs. An example of a typical meal would be soup, chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole wheat bread, mixed fruit and tea or coffee. Seasonal favorites are included and special menus are offered for holidays. Reservations are required.

Meals are prepared and delivered by commercial caterers. Kosher meals are offered at several sites. No salt is added to the food and detailed nutrition information is available to assist those on special diets. A registered dietitian regularly offers free nutrition education and counseling at various sites. 

Baltimore County residents aged 60 and over and their spouses of any age are eligible to participate in this program and are asked to make a voluntary, anonymous donation. Younger persons may also participate, but are required to pay the full cost of the meal.

Costs and Contributions

Meal costs are as follows:

  • Regular meal—$4.29
  • Regular super special meal—$5.69

Recommended contribution: regular meal program—$2.50

  • Kosher regular meal—$6.60
  • Kosher super special meal—$9.73

Recommended contribution: Kosher meal program—$3.50

Contributions are voluntary, anonymous and based on ability to contribute. All contributions are used to enable the program to serve as many meals as possible. Eating Together is part of the congregate meals program which serves approximately 150 million meals to seniors each year across the nation.

"The Eating Together program helps to alleviate loneliness; it's great for socialization and helps with budgeting. Coming to the site fulfills your day."

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education is offered regularly at sites where Eating Together meals are served. Nutrition education provides a basis for making informed choices and setting realistic nutritional goals. For more information, download an Eating Together Brochure (PDF) or contact the MAP office by calling 410-887-2594.

 
Revised June 23, 2017         

 

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