ProAction Summer News

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Pro Action works to build a community of resilient individuals and families who can meet their basic needs, overcome adversity, and prosper.
July 9, 2019
In This Issue:
  • FREE Summer Meals for Kids
  • Farmers Market Coupons for Yates County seniors
  • Transportation Services: Yates OFA
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Employment Opportunities
Summer Meals for Kids!
More than 1.1 million low-income children across New York eat healthy school meals. Let's make sure they get proper nutrition all summer, too.
When the school year ends, kids and teens can get healthy, no-cost meals and snacks in many communities across the state through USDA's Summer Food Service Program. Visit to find summer meal sites, learn about hosting one, and access resources to help spread the word.
Use the interactive mapper on to find and refer to sites in your area. Check back often, as sites are added as they are approved. Site information is also available in a list linked below the mapper, and by phone: Call 2-1-1 (upstate) or 3-1-1 (NYC); Text "Food" or "Comida" to 877-877
Farmers Market Coupons for Yates County Seniors
Farmers Market Coupons are available again this year to our Yates County senior community members. Each older adult in a house is eligible to receive a booklet if they meet the requirements. In order to receive your coupon booklet, you need to: 1) be at least age 60 AND 2) be income eligible (contact Yates Office for the Aging for eligibility guidelines).
Each booklet has $20 worth of coupons (five $4 coupons) to buy locally grown produce from the approved Farmers Markets. You will receive a list of markets with the coupon booklet and vendors will have signs at their booth indicating that they are able to accept the coupons. The coupons must be used to purchase produce items and cannot be spent on jams, baked goods, or crafts. These coupons are available in order to help older adults access fresh, healthy, locally grown produce, and they also help the area economy by supporting our local farmers.
Coupon booklets need to be retrieved before 9/30/19 and coupons must be used before 11/30/19. Booklets are dispersed on a first come, first serve basis. To get yours, please contact Donna at: 315-536-5515 at Yates Office for the Aging.
Transportation Services: Yates Office for the Aging
Pro Action's Yates County Office for the Aging offers transportation to Yates County residents ages 60 and over. Rides are provided Monday - Friday, and travel to doctor appointments, rehabilitation centers, shopping, banking and social events. There is no cost for the service, however a suggested donation letter is mailed at the end of each month. Older adults will not be denied a ride due to inability to donate.
If you are interested in receiving a ride, please call our Transportation Message Line at: 315-536-5517. Please leave your name, address, location of trip and what time your appointment is. We will call you back within 24 business hours to confirm your ride.
View the full article to learn more about our Yates County transportation services, and tour our website for more information about all programs at Pro Action.
Understanding Poverty
Separating the Myths and Facts
Myth: People who are hungry can just get on food stamps.
Fact: Over 33% of food insecure families and individuals live above the poverty income levels set by the Federal Government. That means that families struggle to afford food, but don’t qualify for SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps). In addition, SNAP benefits aren’t always enough. The average SNAP benefits for one person are about $126 per month, which works out to about $1.40 per meal.
An important part of Pro Action's work is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty. Visit our website to learn more about how Pro Action is building a deeper understanding about the experience of poverty.
Employment Opportunities: Work With Us
Early Childhood Education Specialist:
Pro Action’s Child Care Aware® of Steuben and Schuyler department is seeking applicants for an Early Childhood Education Specialist.
The Early Childhood Education Specialist will support child care programs in Steuben and Schuyler Counties through training and technical assistance including on-site and classroom seminars and the facilitation of professional development and mentoring arrangements. Will be responsible for service delivery according to contracts.
The Early Childhood Education Specialist should have strong literacy skills, strong presentation/training/mentoring/coaching skills, be proficient in accurate data entry, have strong analytical skills and be focused on solutions, innovation and decision making. Should also have knowledge of New York State Child Day Care Regulations.
A bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, Childhood Studies, or Elementary Education with two years of related experience is preferred (or be in process with a plan for completion). Will consider an associate Degree in Early Childhood with a recognized/endorsed credential and two years’ experience in the field. Home visiting experience is helpful. A driver’s license meeting agency standards is required as well as reliable transportation.
**For a full description and application instructions for this position and other open opportunities, visit our website .** hermes birkin


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