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Apr292011

Farmer's Market Senior Program Begins June 3  

On June 3-4, Anderson County Seniors may apply for produce vouchers as part of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The Anderson County Senior Citizens Program and the Anderson County Farmers’ Market, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services and other state agencies, will issue vouchers to eligible senior citizens. Vouchers can be used to purchase produce at participating farmer’s markets from May through October 15, 2011. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons. Vouchers are issued on a first come basis until the supply is exhausted. 

“Community farmers’ markets are a vital part of Anderson County’s agricultural heritage,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Purchasing locally grown produce is by far, the healthier food choice and it also boosts our local economy by supporting our community’s farmers. Anderson County is happy to participate in this very worthwhile program.”

Individuals aged 60 or older, with a low monthly income, or who receive SSI or Food Stamp benefits are eligible for these free coupons. Individuals must apply in person; provide proof of their identity, age and their Anderson County residency. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility. Verification of Social Security numbers is also required. 

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at time of application.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program’s goal is to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce while supporting South Carolina’s small farmers. South Carolina is one of several states that receive funds from the USDA to operate this program.

Application vouchers will be at the following locations & available first come, first served:

June 3 at 8am: Belton Farmer’s Market

June 4 at 8am: Anderson County Farmer’s Market

For detailed information on The Effects of Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs on Nutrition and Health see http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/FANRR19%2D3/

For more information about the Senior Voucher program, please contact Anderson County Seniors Program Manager, Kelly Jo Barnwell at 231.2237. 

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