Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Offers Vouchers

York County Farmers Market

York County Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program

The York County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible York County seniors. This program provides $20 in vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from participating local farm markets. York County residents who are 60 years of age or older, and who have a 2017 total gross annual household income at or below $22,311 for a single person or $30,044 for a couple, are eligible to participate. All income is included when calculating total gross income.

Proof of age and York County residency must be shown to obtain vouchers. A 2017 farmers market proxy form, along with proof of age and residency, is required for anyone picking up vouchers for another eligible individual, including a power of attorney. The 2016 proxy form is available at most senior centers or can be downloaded from the Forms & Documents page of the Agency on Aging’s website at www.ycaaa.org. One individual may not pick up vouchers for more than four people.

Individuals are eligible to receive the vouchers only once per calendar year. The vouchers can be redeemed between June 1 and Nov. 30. Residents of nursing homes, personal care facilities, or any residential setting that offers meals are ineligible to receive the vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed at the following York County locations for as long as the supply lasts:

  • Thursday, June 1, 9-11:30 a.m. – Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover Township
  • Friday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown
  • Monday, June 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Northeastern Senior Community Center, 131 Center St., Mount Wolf
  • Tuesday, June 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – South Central Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom
  • Thursday, June 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth’s Church Road, Suite 103, Spring Grove
  • Friday, June 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke St., York
  • Wednesday, June 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Susquehanna Area Senior Center, 2427 Craley Road, Lower Windsor Township
  • Thursday, June 29, 9-11:30 a.m. – White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York
  • Thursday, July 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Dillsburg Senior Activity Center, 1 N. Second St., Dillsburg
  • Friday, July 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Golden Connections Community Center, 20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion
  • Tuesday, July 11, 9-11:30 a.m. – White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York
  • Wednesday, July 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Red Land Senior Center, 736 Wyndamere Road, Newberry Township
  • Thursday, July 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Hanover Council of Churches, 136 Carlisle St., Hanover
  • Tuesday, July 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville
  • Thursday, July 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, York
  • Tuesday, July 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Calvary Bible Church, 603 Wilson Ave., Hanover
  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 N. Richland Ave., York
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover

Anyone requiring further information should contact the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9610.

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Legacy Program

Creating a Legacy gift is a way to ensure that the services and programs provided by JFS to people in the York community continue beyond an individual’s lifetime. In 2016, JFS embarked on a mission to create a Legacy giving program in partnership with Temple Beth Israel and the York Jewish Community Center. We are delighted to report that our combined goal of enrolling 25 donors has been achieved!  This is the first year of a 4 year effort, and we will always work to assure that these three important organizations will continue to serve this community into the future. JFS thanks the following legacy donors for their commitment to our future:

Patricia and Steve Arbetman

Tracy and Ron Benenson

Jessica and Kenneth Brein

Janice and Mark Illfelder

Joan and Steve Krechmer

Bryan and Allison Siegelman

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Honoring Our Veterans

Jewish Family Services has the honor and privilege of giving back to those who served our country. Each year we coordinate the tradition of placing flags on the graves of over 500 Jewish Veterans as well as honor and remember our fallen veterans at our Annual Jewish War Veterans Memorial Service.

We invite you to join us for these valuable and meaningful events.

ANNUAL FLAG LAYING
May 15th | 1pm | South Hill Hebrew Cemetery

2130 Old Baltimore Pike York, PA 17403
Help us honor those who served our country at our Annual Flag Laying. Great family volunteer event.

JEWISH WAR VETS MEMORIAL SERVICE
May 29th | 11am
| South Hill Hebrew Cemetery
2130 Old Baltimore Pike York, PA 17403
Join JFS and the Jewish Community in honoring those who served our country at our Annual Jewish War Veterans Memorial Service. Ask how you can volunteer at this event.

RSVP to either of these events: jmontour@jfsyork.org or 717.843.5011

How you can help:

  • Volunteer at our flag laying
  • Volunteer or attend the Annual Memorial Service
  • Donate to help sustain these programs
    • Online, by mail or by phone 717.843.5011
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15th Annual Walkathon

Join us for aShoes walk, refreshments, and fun activities to fight hunger in the York area at our 15th Annual Walkathon.  This free event is great for all ages and supports Jewish Family Services’ Project Manna and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank.

Area organizations, groups, families and individuals are encouraged to join in this effort to “BAG HUNGER” in the York area. Register and create personal or team fundraising goals online at walk.jfsyork.org. Depart from Indian Rock Elementary School on May 1st at 9:45 am and return around 11:30 am for refreshments and activities.

Youth are invited to participate in games and face painting provided by York College’s recreation class members following the walk. The S. Queen street Starbucks will be there providing complimentary refreshments.  All participants of the event will receive a Walkathon memento.

“12% of York County residents live with food insecurity and 18% of those are children. We are called to respond to this growing need in our own backyards” stated Carol Miller, JFS Program and Development Director. JFS Project Manna provides supplemental food to individuals and families who are economically stressed, and guidance to access benefits and information about local food resources.   Our sister agency, the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank provides food, clothing and support to some of the most food insecure in York County.

All are invited to register/donate to the Walkathon on May 1st .Event will be held rain or shine. Information is available at walk.jfsyork.org or by calling 717.843.5011.

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Leadership Matters – Join Our Board of Directors

Jewish Family Services of York is seeking new members for its Board of Directors. For over 27 years, JFS has been committed to addressing and meeting unmet and emerging needs of individuals and families, regardless of faith. Our motto, Caring for You, For Life, is fitting as we serve the needs that range from young families to individuals 85 and older, who constitute the fastest growing population here in York County. Serve on a Board that has received national recognition for its excellence in programs and services. Project Manna is our supplemental food pantry and safety net program. Wise Options addresses comprehensive older adult needs. Staying Connected provides escorted, door-through-door transportation to older adults, and The Parenting Place provides tools for effective parenting.

3 reasons why you should join a board of directors:

Professional Development

Strengthen your public speaking, networking and leadership skills. Fine tune other skills you may not encounter in your daily work position.

Giving Back

Joining a Board of Directors is a rewarding way to share your skills for a cause you can be passionate about.

Business Development

Demonstrate professional value through meaningful board participation and network with other business leaders across the area.

 

For more information, please contact Joan K. Krechmer, Executive Director jkrechmer@jfsyork.org or call 717-843-5011

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Embracing Aging Grant awarded to JFS

Jewish Family Services, SpiriTrust Lutheran, and RSVP of the Capital Region have been awarded an Embracing Age Grant through the York County Community Foundation’s Hahn Home Fund.   The three agencies will partner to engage older adults in volunteering by streamlining the opportunities, entry and training.

The creation of a central volunteer recruitment entry point will create easy access for all older adults interested in volunteering in the York, Pennsylvania area. There will be collaborative education and orientation of volunteers to ensure comprehensive training. Of utmost importance, is that volunteer experiences will be enhanced and adapted to meet the changing needs of older adults.

For information on volunteer opportunities with JFS please call 717-843-5011.

If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing this blog and donating to JFS of York. You can make a secure donation HERE.

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Jewish Family Services of York is a human services agency which provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the Jewish community and to the community at large in order to enhance their quality of life. This includes but is not limited to geriatric care and advocacy programs, senior transportation programs, and food and safety net programs.

JFS of York does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.

 

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A snowy situation for older adults in York, PA

5 tips on how you can help older adults during a cold weather storm

While there is a lot of excitement over a potential blizzard coming to the York, Pennsylvania area, this poses a large threat to our elderly community. Older adults have a higher risk of developing hypothermia, injury and isolation in cold and snow weather conditions. Below are a few ways that you can help your older friends and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors, and volunteer within your area.

  1. Stock emergency resources in their homes. Provide them with flashlights, batteries, water, radio and blankets. Older adults should have at least a seven day supply of prescription medications and a three day supply of non-perishable food and water on hand.
  1. Prepare the home. Older adults are our most vulnerable to cold weather, especially those with cardiac issues who tend to get colder faster. Ensure they have proper heat, enough blankets, warm clothing, and work to prevent any drafty areas in the home. Make sure the thermostat is set to a warm temperature.
  1. Eliminate safety risks. Entryways are a big risk factor during any snow storm. Be sure entryways do not track in wet snow, and if able, make sure they wear slip proof shoes or grip slippers in the home. Keep driveways and walkways clear of snow. Some resources for snow removal are local churches and school programs as well as not for profit organizations. Candles, electric blankets, and space heaters are a fire hazard. Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as provide fire extinguishers are in an easily accessible location.
  1. Keep in contact. If able, provide a cell phone or a way to contact them in the event of an emergency. Check in and make sure they have enough food and water and medical supplies, if their electricity is working, if they are warm enough. After the storm, make a visit to make sure they are ok.
  1. Establish an emergency plan. Power, heat, and food/water loss can create a serious emergency for seniors. Have an emergency bag packed with a change of clothing and all medical and care necessities. Create a list of local resources and emergency phone numbers to have handy.

 

To Report A Power Outage:

 

If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing this blog and donating to JFS of York. You can make a secure donation HERE.

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Jewish Family Services of York is a human services agency which provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the Jewish community and to the community at large in order to enhance their quality of life. This includes but is not limited to geriatric care and advocacy programs, senior transportation programs, and food and safety net programs.

JFS of York does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.

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Protecting Our Veterans

Food Insecurities and SNAP Concerns

This Week Abby Leibman, President and CEO of Mazon – A Jewish Response To Hunger,  gave testimony at the House Agriculture Committee on Nutrition to bring awareness to the many challenges faced by veterans that lead to food insecurity.  In her testimony, Leibman shared the enormous need to protect the SNAP program. She states the need for more and accurate data as well as removing policy barriers would be a great benefit to this unique group.

In addition to  Leibman’s testimony, Mrs. Tebbens, a former military spouse, gave her personal account of her life in the military. It is an all too familiar story of our active duty member’s challenges of frequent moves resulting in spouse unemployment, and the inability to qualify for SNAP benefits due to the inclusion of BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing).

Mr. Faris, representative from the Meals on Wheels agency shared the story of Emily “who is unable to leave her home and how meals on wheels is providing a friendly and personal connection in addition to nutritional aid resulting in better health”. Mr. Faris stated “1 in 6 seniors struggle with hunger and 87% of this at risk group require assistance with grocery shopping”.

This information focuses on the need for  more local services like the food closet and transportation service we offer here at JFS of York. Snap is a piece of a much larger puzzle and our roles in the charitable sector in fighting hunger will make a difference in our individual communities as well as our nation.

To watch the entire hearing, please click  HERE

JFS of York is proud to serve our community with our Staying Connected ride volunteer program, which allows our seniors to get to a grocery store and help battle food insecurity. To learn more about how you can become a volunteer driver and serve our senior community, contact Carol Miller at cmiller@jfsyork.org or by calling 717-846-2235

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