Seniors Receive Fresh Produce Courtesy of Morris County
Sadly, our senior citizens aren’t always thought of or remembered. We should be caring for them and helping them when we can. Thankfully a great partnership/program is in place to help them with fresh produce….and that’s a cool thing.
It’s a partnership in its third year between Morris Count Nutrition Program and Ort Farms. They’re getting seniors fresh produce delivered this summer through a farm-to-table, pilot program!
How does it work? Residents of Butler Senior Housing and Jefferson Chase can place orders for prepackaged produce from Ort Farms, based in Long Valley. The packages of produce are put together carefully and are then picked up by the Nutrition Program staff of Morris County to be distributed.
“Historically, the program (SFMNP) has been running for many years, but the farm-to-table pilot program was first launched in 2021 in response to the pandemic’s impact on seniors’ ability to leave their residences.
Morris County partnered with Ort Farms in 2021 where the vouchers were still administered, and seniors were given the option to have the county coordinate delivery. The program proved successful and has continued, with a few changes to this year’s program,” said Christine Hellyer, director of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Community Programming.
This season, a total of 72 bags of produce will be delivered to seniors living in two senior housing units. For the first 36 deliveries made, seniors received bags containing blueberries, peaches, string beans, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn and cantaloupe. A second delivery of seasonal fruits and vegetables is scheduled for September.
Also, every senior who pre-registered for a produce bag received an indoor sprout blossom kit with the produce. The sprout blossom kit contains mixed herbs that grow under sunlight and can easily be adhered to windows and walls. This was to encourage participation in the program.
For more information and income guidelines to qualify for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, visit the Official Website of Morris County, NJ.
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