Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Akron Area Farmer's Markets, Produce Perks, and Your Ohio Direction Card

Did you know you can use your Ohio Direction Card/SNAP/Food Assistance Benefits at many local farmer's markets in the Akron area?

Produce Perks are incentive tokens given to customers at participating farmers’ markets who use an Ohio Direction Card to purchase food.  Bring your card to the information booth at participating farm markets (see list below), and ask to withdraw an amount. The market or farm stand will then provide tokens for the transaction in addition to Produce Perks that can be spent on fruits and vegetables. There is a dollar-for-dollar match to every dollar spent (up to $10 per week per market) using an Ohio Direction Card. There is no minimum purchase amount to qualify.  Produce Perks are only good for purchasing fruits and vegetables.

The Ohio Farmer’s Market Senior Nutrition Program also provides coupons to older adults who qualify that can be used at some farmer's markets. See this link for more information and income limits.  To enroll in our area, contact:

Region 10b: Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties
Area Agency on Aging, 10B, Inc.
Contact: Jill Riffle, (330) 899-5229

Local Farm Market Listing:

OD = Ohio Direction Card
PP = Produce Perks

Kent- Haymaker Farmers Market
Franklin Ave. & Summit Street
Saturdays 9am-1pm
OD: yes; PP: yes
Note: they call Produce Perks “Lettuce Loot”

Chagrin Falls- North Union Farmer’s Market
Bandstand at Triangle Park (North Main and North Franklin Streets)
Sundays 10am-1pm
OD: yes; PP: yes

Peninsula- Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow
4040 Riverview Road
Saturdays, 9am-Noon
OD: yes; PP: yes
Note: they call Produce Perks “Carrot Cash”

Akron- Farmers Market at Highland Square
Conger Avenue and West Market Street
Thursdays 4-7pm
OD: yes; PP: yes
Note: they call Produce Perks “Carrot Cash”

Stow-Community Farmers Market
1567 Pilgrim Drive
Saturdays 9am-12:30pm
OD: yes; PP: no

Munroe Falls-Farmers Market
43 Munroe Falls Avenue
Tuesdays 3-6pm
OD: no; PP: no

Cuyahoga Falls-Farmers Market in the Falls
1201 Grant Avenue
Fridays 3-6pm
OD: no; PP: no

Twinsburg Farmers Market
2695 Creekside Commons Drive
OD: no; PP: no
Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Hudson Farmers Market
Ohio Routes 303 and 91
Saturdays 9am-12:30pm
OD: no; PP: no

Source:  Thanks to Carol Telesman, RN, MSN, for providing this list.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Call-A-Bus Service

Akron METRO RTA's Call-A-Bus curb-to-curb service began August 26th. Cost is $4 each way.

Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to riders traveling within the areas of Macedonia, Twinsburg, Townships of Sagamore Hills, Northfield Center, and the Villages of Northfield and Reminderville.

If you want to travel outside that area, they will drop you off at a fixed route bus stop, so you can catch a METRO bus.

To schedule a ride, call 1-877-820-4710 one business day before your trip.

Source: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Debit Cards Being Issued to SNAP and OWF Recipients

The Ohio Benefit Bank
SNAP (food stamp) benefits are issued through a debit card called the Ohio Direction Card, and OWF (cash assistance) benefits are issued through a debit card called the EPPICard.

The State of Ohio is transitioning to new debit cards for all recipients.  Program participants received transition notices by mail in April about the upcoming change. SNAP recipients received this transition notice about the new Ohio Direction Card and OWF recipients received this transition notice about the card that will replace the EPPICard, which is called the Ohio Pathway Card.

New Ohio Direction Cards will be mailed in July and August on a card mailer along with a brochure giving activation instructions.  New benefits will be accessed using the new card, but recipients can access benefits through their old card until it expires.

New Ohio Pathway Cards (replacing EPPICard, for Ohio Works First, Disability Financial Assistance, Refugee Assistance, and Work Allowance payments) were mailed mid-June on a card mailer along with a brochure giving activation instructions
Due to a delay in transitioning to the new card, OWF benefits will continue to post to the old EPPICards until recipients are notified at a later date. Recipients who discarded their EPPICard should call 866-320-8822 for a replacement.

Contact information is available on the back of both cards for any questions, and online help is available at www.ucard.chase.com.
Source:  Ohio Benefit Bank

Friday, June 28, 2013

Financial Services for Families 'Credit Happens' workshops now available at the Job Center

Free and open to the public 
1st and 3rd Friday of each month
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Their workshop, "Credit Happens", covers most everything you need to know relating to money management and credit. A typical workshop teaches how to create and maintain a budget, credit basics, reading and interpreting a credit report, how to improve your credit report, banking basics, and more. 
For more information contact: 
Bob Sukel (330) 376-9494
Job Center (330) 633-1050

Source:  Greenleaf Family Center