Area agencies raising money for seniors' farmer's market program

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Different agencies that focus on senior citizens are raising money for a state program that brings fresh produce to seniors in need.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council partnered with Cedar Grove and the O'Neill Center for a ""Salads to Go" fundraiser.

Organizers gave out salads with a suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds going toward the Ohio Senior farmers market program.

The United States Department of Agriculture program provides $50 in coupons for eligible older Ohioans to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

"What we found is that there's a $9000 deficit in funding for Washington County alone just in our county," O'Neill center executive director Connie Huntsman said, "so this fundraiser, the Salads to Go, was a brainstorm effort and Wendy offered up and said we're happy to do a salad fundraiser and the proceeds will go toward that program."

The Ohio Senior farmers market program is open to all eligible seniors. For more information, contact Buckeye Hill Regional Council's aging division or your county's Job and Family Services.