The Salem County Office on Aging is partnering with New Dodge’s Market in Elmer to pilot a program beginning Nov. 2 that gives seniors the opportunity to use a $5 voucher for a special “Trio” meal. The nutritionally balanced “Trio Meal” includes a sandwich, soup, salad, and milk – valued at $9. “This program is a pilot for the State of New Jersey,” said Freeholder Robert Vanderslice, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. “The voucher program through the County’s Office of Aging is a wonderful option to the traditional senior center lunch site. It gives seniors the option of getting together for lunch at a local restaurant and socialize.”
The Office of Aging is funding the weekday lunch vouchers through the Federal Restaurant Voucher Program. The Office of Aging worked with New Dodge’s Market to meet the menu requirements to provide one-third of the required daily intake.
“The pilot program will run through Dec. 31,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “We anticipate the response will be positive and we are planning to expand it next year to include restaurants throughout the county.”
Seniors 60 years and older can purchase the vouchers for the Trio Meal through the Office of Aging Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Proof of age and residency will be required.
The vouchers cost $5.00 and are redeemable at The New Dodges Market, 55 Chestnut Street at the corner of Main Street in Elmer, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Participants can purchase multiple vouchers at a time. At least once a quarter, participants must complete a short informational questionnaire and watch a three-minute video on nutrition education. The vouchers are non-transferrable. To make an appointment to obtain your Trio vouchers, please call the Salem County Aging and Disability Resource Connection-Office on Aging at 856-339-8622 between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:30 pm.