Coshocton Senior Center has food distribution

| May 8, 2013

032COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Senior Center had their first Mid-Ohio Food Bank Mobile Market on May 8 from 1 – 3 p.m. Seniors over the age of 60 who live in Coshocton County and meet certain low-income guidelines are eligible to participate in the program the second Wednesday of each month.

“Right away, we knew it was definitely something we needed to bring to our seniors,” said Jamie Thomas, director of the Senior Center. “We’ve seen the need for food increasing, especially for our seniors. It’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet.”

A refrigerated truck will provide seniors who meet requirements with free fresh produce, eggs, milk, potatoes, bread, etc. Participants only need to bring a shopping bag with them. Seniors can go through the line and chose what they want from each station. They do not need to take anything they will not use.

Twenty-five volunteers from the community came out to help with distributing food during the May 8 event.

“We really appreciate everyone who’s volunteered in this project,” said Thomas. “We absolutely could not have this here without them. It’s been great to have so many volunteers to come in and help with this project.”

To qualify for the project, seniors over 60 need to meet specific income guidelines. For a one-member household, have an income of no more than $1,861 per month, and for a two-member household, no more than $2,521 per month. Add $660 for each additional member.

The Coshocton Senior Center has partnered with Mid-Ohio Foodbanks before with their commodity program, which is able to serve 240 seniors a month.

Coshocton Health and Rehab was at the event to serve refreshments to those waiting in the food distribution line.

The next food distribution at the Senior Center will be June 12.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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