Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

About the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of federal dietary guidelines. They are also good sources of fiber; low in sugar, fat and sodium; and nutrient-rich, yet low in calories. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables add flavor and variety to meals.

The Department of Aging partners with Area Agencies on Aging to offer the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in 44 counties. The program operates from June through October each year and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Eligibility and Enrollment

You are eligible for the Ohio Senior Farmers’ Market program if you are age 60 or older and have an annual income of $20,035 or less as a single person.

To enroll, contact your area agency on aging. Staff there will be able to tell you how to access coupons. Participants receive ten $5.00 coupons valid through October. If you are homebound, you may select someone trustworthy to pick up and redeem coupons for you.

You can use your coupons at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Look for the senior farmers’ market poster when shopping.

How the Program Works

Coupons can be redeemed for fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs and honey. Eligible items are listed in the chart below. Please select produce equal to the amount of the coupon. No change will be given.

Coupons may not be used to purchase flowers, potted plants, crafts, eggs, nuts, rice, popcorn, dried produce, dried herbs and baked goods. Coupons also may not be used to purchase processed foods, such as jams, apple butter, apple cider or maple syrup. Lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits, pineapples, mangos and bananas are not grown locally and may not be purchased with coupons.

Region 10b : Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties
Area Agency on Aging, 10B, Inc.
Contact: Leigh Sliwinski, (330) 899-5226

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