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Centre County commissioners, Office of Aging talk money for meals

Jonathan Forshey, left, and Andrew Hufnagel, of the Gamble Mill, prepare a dish during the Golden Basket competition at the Boalsburg farmers market in 2014. Next month, eligible Centre County senior residents will be able to pick up vouchers for use at local farmers markets.
Jonathan Forshey, left, and Andrew Hufnagel, of the Gamble Mill, prepare a dish during the Golden Basket competition at the Boalsburg farmers market in 2014. Next month, eligible Centre County senior residents will be able to pick up vouchers for use at local farmers markets. CDT file photo

A contract and announcements regarding the Centre County Office of Aging took up the main portion of the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday.

The commissioners unanimously approved a contract between the county and The Nutrition Group to provide meals to homebound county residents 60 and older. The five-year contract, to run from July 1 to June 31, 2020, costs $1,751,860, with the state providing $1,389,470, federal funding paying for $248,520 and the county paying for $113,870.

Office of Aging Director J.R. Reed also announced that vouchers for use at local farmers markets would soon be available to be picked up by eligible Centre County senior residents.

A thousand sets of vouchers will be available, at $20 per person broken down through four $5 vouchers, Reed said.

Vouchers will be distributed at a first-come, first-serve basis, Reed said. Any Centre County resident 60 or older by the end of 2015 is eligible, provided they have income less than $21,775 for a single person or $29,471 for two people.

They will be available for pickup at the following dates and times:

• June 2: Willowbank Building in Bellefonte, Snow Shoe Senior Center, 8-9:30 a.m., and Bellefonte Senior Center, 10-11:30 a.m.



• June 3: Penns Valley Senior Center, 8-9:30 a.m.



• June 8: Centre Region/State College, 9-11:30 a.m.



• June 15: Philipsburg Senior Center, 12:30-3 p.m.



• June 16: Centre Hall Senior Center, noon-1:30 p.m.



Reed also announced the Senior Expo to be held at the Nittany Mall on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 65 exhibitors and 15 health screenings for seniors. Information on services and resources available to seniors in the county will also be available at the expo, Reed said.

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