Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for July 2018

SENIOR FARMER’S MARKET COUPONS MAKES A RETURN

RESEARCHERS FROM WHEATON COLLEGE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!!

HEALTHY INCENTIVE PROGRAM (HIP)

A NIGHT OF COMEDY: WITH LENNY CLARKE

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?

NEWSLETTER MAILING DONATION REQUEST


SENIOR FARMER’S MARKET COUPONS MAKES A RETURN
Farmer’s Market Coupons will be available at the Mansfield Council On Aging for income eligible adults age 60 and older. In the past, each eligible individual was awarded $25 worth of coupons to be used at local USDA Farmer’s Markets. Coupons may be used on fresh fruits and vegetables and raw honey sold at USDA approved Farmer’s Markets. To determine if you are eligible, please call the COA and speak with Outreach Workers Lynette or Rose at 508-261-7368.Coupons will be available for distribution in the middle part of July. return to menu

RESEARCHERS FROM WHEATON COLLEGE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!!
Researchers from Wheaton College are seeking older adults to take part in an awesome research project investigating the effects of listening on thought. This study will consist of two 60-minute sessions, 1-2 weeks apart. Participants will be asked to take some pen and paper tests and questionnaires and listen to some music or other sounds.

There is a third optional session that would take place on Wheaton Campus. Participation in this session pays $50, and involves an electroencephalography, a non-invasive method for measuring brain activity. Participants will be asked to listen to stimuli and wear a salt water cap.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating please e-mail Blythe Owen at owen_blythe@wheatoncollege.edu to schedule a time. For more information, contact Katherine Eskine, PhD at 508-286-3636. return to menu

HEALTHY INCENTIVE PROGRAM (HIP)

If you are currently receiving SNAP benefits you can use your EBT card at USDA Farm Stands or Farmer’s Markets who are HIP retailers to purchase fresh produce. You will receive $1 for each dollar you spend on eligible fruits and vegetables, up to a monthly limit. You must have a SNAP balance to earn the HIP incentive benefits. Your monthly cap is based on your household size. Household size of 1 to 2 people the monthly cap is $40; 3 to 5 person household has a cap of $60; and a household of 6 or more is $80 cap.

MassGrown Map of Farm Stands and Farms’ Markets within 10 miles:

• Agawam Farm– 70 Anawan Street, Rehoboth

• Attleboro Farmers’ Market– 201 County Street-Capron Park, O'Connell Field next to Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro,
Dates & Times: June 16 to October 20 - Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted
SNAP-EBT Accepted with select vendors.

• Easton Farmer’s Market– 3 Barrows Street-Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, Easton
Dates & Times: November 4 to May 19, Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

• Flint Farm— 789 East Street, Mansfield

• Langwater Farm Stand—209 Washington St., North Easton,
Phone: (508) 205-9665, Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, May to end of December

• Norfolk Farmers'’ Market– 139 Main St.-Town Common, Norfolk,
Dates & Times: June 2 to October 6 - Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

• Oakdale Farm at La Salette Shrine– 947 Park Street, Attleboro,
Dates and Time: 10:00 am - Noon, 3rd Thursday of the month, November to April
11/19, 12/21, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19

• Sharon/Crescent Ridge Farmers’ Market– 355 Bay Road-Crescent Ridge Dairy, Sharon,
Dates & Times: June 16 to October 13 - Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted

• Souza Family Farm-33 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth,
Open Monday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday,
10:00 am - 6:00 pm and weekends, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

• Second Nature Farm- 39 Burt St, Norton
CSA Products offered: Vegetables, Fruit, Eggs, Pickup(s): On Farm, Farmer's Market
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Your receipt will show you the amount of SNAP dollars you earned after each HIP purchase. You can call the EBT customer service number at 1-800-997-2555 to find out the HIP balance you earned that month. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/healthy-incentives-program-hip

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ZUMBA GOLD
Join Bilyana Mileva Friday afternoons at 1:30 PM during the summer months for Zumba Gold at the Mansfield Council on Aging. Bilyana teaches combines dance and fitness routines set to Latin rhythms but is performed at a lower intensity. Zumba Gold offers many health benefits such as improvement in physical strength, posture, flexibility, coordination and balance. This program a $1.00 donation. For additional information, please call the Council on Aging at 508-261-7368. return to menu

TAX WORK OFF
New application for the Tax Work Off Program are being accepted beginning, Wednesday, July 11th 2018.The Real Estate Tax Work-Off Program enables adults age 60 andolder to work in a volunteer position within a town department, including the public schools, in exchange for a real estate tax credit up to $750.00. Applications for returning participants will be taken starting on Wednesday, August 1st.Those who are eligible to participate in the Tax Work-Off Program must be:

• Age 60 and over; not working; own a home in Mansfield and be listed on the tax bill and present a clear and clean CORI (Criminal Offender Record).

Applicants work a maximum of 68.18 hours for the $750.00 credit for the program year. Jobs are limited and there is no guarantee that you will be placed in the program. May be made by calling the COA at 508-261-7368. For more information, please call the above phone number. Applications are limited. return to menu

SHOPPING!!!
Beginning July 9th at 10:00 AM. Gatra will be providing rides to Ocean State Job Lot Plaza at a rate of $5 round trip. This plaza includes a variety of stores you can shop at such as the Dollar Tree, Hobby Quarters, AT & T Store, Papa Gino’s or Dunkin Donuts. To schedule this shopping trip, contact Kim at Bill’s Taxi at 800-529-8294. return to menu