Ohio Area Agency on Aging 3 in Lima Nutrition Programs
Senior Dining Program
This program is brought to you by the Area Agency on Aging 3 in Lima and funded by the Older Americans Act through the Ohio Department of Aging. The purpose of the Senior Dining Program (SDP) is to promote health, to reduce risk of malnutrition, to improve nutritional status, to reduce social isolation, and to link older adults to community services. The SDP allows eligible participants to receive monthly certificates to redeem for an approved meal at a participating restaurant in the community. The SDP is available in Allen, Hancock, Putnam, and Van Wert counties.
Anyone who is 60 years of age or older and resides in Allen, Hancock, Putnam, and Van Wert counties can apply for the program. Because the program is very popular and the funding is not unlimited, applications are prioritized based on several factors: age, income, minority status, living alone, nutrition risk score, etc. Since there is always a waiting list, names are pulled from the waiting list as participants go off the program.
Annual enrollment happens each year in January. Applications can be
picked up from the Allen County Council on Aging, 50 North, Putnam County Council on Aging, Van Wert County
Council on Aging, and at the Area Agency on Aging 3 in Lima but
completed applications must be mailed in to our office. Applications
will also be mailed to those on the program at the end of December and
those on the waiting list at that time for the annual enrollment. It is not
a first come, first serve and everyone must reapply in January to be
considered for the new program year which starts in March of each
year. Applications are accepted January through September each year.
How the Program Works
Each program year starts in March.
SDP Certificates are mailed out to participants on the last day of the previous month and they expire on the 5th day of the next month.
Participants will receive 4 certificates each month.
The participant’s name and special bar code will be on the certificate and a listing of the restaurants is on the back.
Certificates can only be used by the person whose name is on the certificate.
Restaurants are encouraged to ask for ID if there is a question and can refuse service if necessary.
The certificate must be signed by the person redeeming it and the meal redeemed circled when given to the restaurant personnel.
The meal must be chosen from the SDP menu and must be eaten at the restaurant.
Participants are asked to give a donation to the program monthly when they receive their certificates.
Tips are left up to the participant.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is found in 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties. It is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Eligible individuals receive $50 of $ coupons to redeem for fresh produce and honey at participating farmers markets and farm stands. Eligibility: Age 60 or older and meet income guidelines of 185% or less of poverty level.
Where can I use my SFMNP Coupons?
There is a list of participating farmers, their stands and the farm markets that have farmers available. The list has addresses, dates, and times that the stands will be open.
Do the coupons expire?
Yes! There are 5 -$5 coupons that expire on July 31st and must be used by then. The other 5-$5 coupons expire on October 20th . You can use all of you coupons by July but you cannot use the July 31st coupons after July 31st.
Is it important that I use all my coupons?
Yes! The USDA provides this funding for seniors to eat fresh local produce and for local farmers to increase business. Funding for the following year depends on the redemption rate of the precious year. Please use all coupons before October 20th!
Do I get change if I don’t spend in exact $5 amounts?
No. No change will be given. So it is important that work with the farmers to get as much produce as the $5 amounts will allow. Farmers will be helpful if you just ask.
Can I use my all my coupons at one time?
Sure! If you want to make jam or can veggies, by all means use all $50. If you choose to use a little at a time, that is fine too. Just be sure to use all your coupons!
Why did some of the roadside stands close in August?
Many stands do close at the end of August. Depending on what they grow – the end of August is the end of the growing season. Also, many farmers employ college students and when they go back to school the stands have to close. Please check the farmers list and use your coupons. Variety starts to decrease in October, but many apples are available. Know what you want and make a plan to redeem all your coupons before the expiration dates.
How do I know when my favorite produce is in season?
Please see the back of this sheet for a list of produce and when they are usually available. Depending on the weather, foods may be available sooner or later in a season.