Senior farmers market nutrition coupons available

Staff reports

While more than 13,500 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets have been mailed to senior citizens this year, there are still funds available for the program, according to state Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

“We want all seniors that think they may qualify for the program to sign-up with their local Council on Aging office,” Strain said. “This is an opportunity for senior citizens to receive a little help with their grocery bill.”

To participate, a person must be at least 60 years old and earn less than 185 percent of poverty level.

For a one-person household, the annual income level should be $20,036 or less. For a two-person household income level, it should be $26,955 or less.

Seniors who qualify will receive a booklet of five $4 coupons totaling $20, which may be used only to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey approved by the FMNP from approved farmers at farmers markets and stands.

The coupons must be redeemed by Nov. 30.

For more information, call 985-345-9483.