Free box fans will be distributed at two sites next week to eligible seniors and disabled residents through a partnership between the County Office on Aging & Disability Services and the Mid- Atlantic States Career and Education Center.

The fans will be distributed from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Carneys Point Municipal Building on Thursday, July 14, and from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Elmer Grange on Friday, July 15. The fans will be given out on a first come, first served basis, one per household. Seniors must be at least 60 years old. Proof of age or disability is required, along with proof of address to determine Salem County residency.

“We are grateful to Mid-Atlantic Career and Education Center for their continued partnership in this program, and for their on-going commitment to assist those most in need of help in our County,” said Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. “The summer heat is reaching into the nineties next week, so these fans will provide some measure of relief.”

The distribution sites are new this year.

“We want to make our programs more accessible to residents,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “We’ve already taken our Farm Market Vouchers and our Flu Clinics to different locations in the County to make it easier for people to take part in our services.”

Funding for the fans is being made available through a donation from Mid-Atlantic and program funds in the Office on Aging.

For more information, contact staff at the Office on Aging & Disability Services, 98 Market Street in Salem or call 856-339-8622.