Seniors
Farm Fresh RI Programs at the
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Seniors
Healthy Servings for Seniors

Healthy Servings for Seniors provides nutrition education classes for low-income senior citizens in Rhode Island that build upon the Seniors Farmers Market coupon program (see coupon distribution locations). The program offers hands-on opportunities and incentives to buy fresh, healthy food. Healthy Servings for Seniors began in 2011 and in 2012, we will continue our partnership with URI SNAP Ed in the communities of Providence, Woonsocket, West Warwick and Pawtucket to provide both education and delicious, nutritious food!

2013 Classes: Where to Participate

From (June 10 - August 22), the Healthy Servings for Seniors program will be offered at these Rhode Island senior housing sites and senior centers:
  • Central Falls: Progreso Latino, (626 Broad St)
  • Pawtucket: Burns Manor (95 Park St)
  • Providence: Silver Lake Community Center, (529 Plainfield St)
  • Middletown: Child & Family, (31 John Clarke Road)
  • Woonsocket: Park View Manor, (218 Pond St)
Questions? E-mail Molly Bledsoe.

How It Works: A Curriculum for Eating Fresh

There are six class sessions at each location throughout the summer and fall, each consisting of an educational talk from Melissa and a cooking demonstration with samples featuring produce from local farms. After attending three class sessions, low-income participants will become eligible to receive a $15 bonus, distributed in the form of $1 Bonus Bucks, which can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. One class session at each location will feature a visit from a farmer, offering an opportunity for participants to spend their Bonus Bucks without having to travel too far from home. To wrap up the season, participants are invited on a field trip to a nearby farmers market for yet another opportunity to redeem their Bonus Bucks!

Goals

Healthy Servings for Seniors expands upon Farm Fresh Rhode Island's current nutrition education outreach and upon the Seniors Farmers Market coupon program (see distribution locations). This program will improve the health of Rhode Island's seniors and decrease the prevalence of obesity by:

  1. Increasing knowledge of nutrition for seniors
  2. Offering Rhode Island seniors the tools necessary to make healthier choices while shopping for food
  3. Raising awareness of Farmers Markets in these communities as a place to purchase affordable, high quality fruits and vegetables.
  4. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption

Since its inception in 2004, Farm Fresh Rhode Island has worked to achieve these four goals by managing farmers' markets in low-income and/or food insecure areas, accepting Food Stamp / SNAP benefits and WIC and Seniors Farmers Market coupons at these markets, and partnering with state agencies and area universities to offer healthy cooking demonstrations at the markets.

2012 Outcomes

Here is a further snapshot of our 2012 Healthy Servings for Seniors results!