Farmers Market Coupons Available for Lower-Income Seniors

 06/05/2013 - 12:09

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH in Michigan, provides older adults who qualify with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan. 

Qualified older adults and Wisewoman participants recieve coupons that are used to purchase Michigan-grown produce at registered roadside stands and farmers markets.  Eligible items include: berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans, honey, and more

"This is a great program - one year I had a senior tell me that he had not been able to buy fresh produce for over 20 years!  He was on a very fixed income," said Pam Molascon, recreation and enrichment specialist for the Saline Area Senior Center.

The booklets are $20 worth of coupons to be used at the Saline Farmers Market and any other market that accepts them. They should be available in the next two weeks.

The program is free for both the participant and the farmer. Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH originates from US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) funding.  It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. These federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors.

To qualify, and older adult must be:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Have a total household income of 185 percent of poverty or less (or $20,665 or less for one person)
  • Live in Washtenaw County

You may also receive coupons if you are a participant in the MDCH Wisewoman program.

 

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