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Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is underway. This program puts coupons that can be used at area Farmers’ Markets into the hands of low-income older adults, helping them to maintain or improve their nutritional health.

If you are 60 years of age or older and have a monthly income of $1,926 or less for a one person household (or $2,607 or less for a two person household), you qualify for a booklet of coupons worth $20. Each eligible individual in a household is able to receive a booklet of coupons.  

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets are available at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego from 10:00AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday. Booklets must be picked up in person and will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. For more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 324.

If you are a farmer or farmers’ market and would like more information about becoming authorized to accept Farmers’ Market coupons, please contact the Department of Agriculture & Markets at 1-800-554-4501.

Did you know that lunch is available Monday through Friday at the Countryside Community Center?  From 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, a complete meal (including salad bar, entrée, sides, and dessert) is available for the suggested contribution amount of only $4.00 for those aged 60 and over, and $6.00 for those under 60.  Come enjoy a delicious meal while partaking in lively conversation with others in your community! Menu subject to change without notice.
 
Next week’s meals:
  

Monday, 9/16:  Greek Style Cannellini Beans
  
  Tuesday, 9/17:  Fish Sandwich

Wednesday, 9/18:  Chicken Cacciatore
  
Thursday, 9/19:  Baked Pork Chop
 
Friday, 9/20:  Swedish Meatballs

 

Be sure to read the 2018 Impact Report

Robert Wallan is April’s “Community Member of the Month.” Robert is a graduate of Owego Free Academy and the proud brother of an Army soldier. When he isn’t drawing or working on model cars, tanks, airplanes, or boats, Robert serves as a dedicated volunteer at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. in our Nutrition programs. Robert was drawn to volunteering in order to gain experience for employment. He found helping people to be so rewarding that he continues to volunteer even since becoming employed.

Robert encourages everyone to take the journey as a volunteer. He stressed that he was very glad that he did. It is an experience that provides improvement for the community and others, but for himself as well. Robert plays a vital role in our Home Delivered Meals and Congregate Dining programs. His dedication of time helps older adults receive nutritious meals right in their homes or while enjoying the company of others at the Countryside Community Center.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is very fortunate to have wonderful people like Robert volunteering their time to contribute to a stronger community. Currently, Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is seeking volunteers to assist with delivering meals to homebound older adults and to help individuals with transportation needs. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 315.

For up-to-date news on what's happening with WIC, as well as tips regarding health and nutrition for your whole family, check out our newsletter below!  Simply click on the link to learn more.

Link:  WIC newsletter

WIC can be reached at 607-687-3147. 

According to the Tioga County Public Health Department, there have been multiple cases of whooping cough in Tioga County in the last few weeks.  This can be an extremely dangerous condition, especially for babies less than one year old.  Symptoms include violent coughing; vomiting during or after coughing fits; and exhaustion following coughing spells.  

 

For more information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, visit cdc.gov/pertussis/.

 

Homeowners:
New York State has set up a program to help out homeowners who encountered damage to their home and/or appliances that occurred because of the Flash flooding August 13-15, 2018. There is a Deadline for application submission of February 4th, 2019. Find the application at: Southern Tier & Finger Lakes Storm and Flood Recovery Program

The following information has been sent from the Social Security Administration:

We have become aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA). In them, unknown callers are using threatening language to warn unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam, and are not coming from official SSA representatives.

We encourage you to inform your members and extended networks not to engage with such callers, and to report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website (https://oig.ssa.gov/report).

 

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