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Services and Programs

Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors

     

    Eligible Seniors Can Apply for Senior
    Farmers’ Market Coupons

    Seniors who meet the income eligibility guidelines, will soon be receiving some welcome relief from rising food budgets. Administered by the Buckeye Hills Aging & Disability program, in the region, The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides income-eligible senior citizens with special coupons worth $50 to enjoy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey.

    The Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a USDA and Ohio Department of Aging program for income-eligible seniors. Program coupons may be exchanged for eligible foods from authorized farmers. Only fresh, locally grown fruits, herbs, vegetables and honey are eligible to be purchased with the coupons.

    Each eligible senior receives $50 worth of coupons. Grant funding is limited and coupons are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each person will receive a total of ten $5 coupons. Coupons may only be redeemed by authorized participating farmers who sell produce at farmers’ markets or roadside stands. The program will end Oct. 31.

    Buckeye Hills will accept applications ONLY BY MAIL. Applications will be available across the region, at the Buckeye Hills office (1400 Pike St. in Marietta) and online at www.buckeyehills.org or www.areaagency8.org beginning April 3.

    Income eligibility requirements include:
    - one person in household with income of $0 - $22,311;
    - 2 people in household with income of $0 - $30,044; and
    - 3 people in household with income of $0 - $37,777;
    - additional numbers are available on the application.

    Community partners who will also have copies of the applications include the region’s Senior Centers and HAPCAP.

    Applications must be returned by U.S. mail only to Buckeye Hills 1400 Pike St. Marietta, OH 45750 postmarked on or after the following dates for counties in the region: April 11 for Athens and Hocking Counties; April 18 for Perry and Washington Counties and April 25 for Meigs, Monroe, Morgan and Noble Counties.

    Applications will be checked for the appropriate postmark, date-stamped and processed for distribution on a first-come, first-served basis, by county.  Coupons will be mailed to eligible applicants as soon as possible after the registrations are processed. Once each county’s allocations have been filled, individuals will be placed on a waiting list and receive notification by mail.


    In 2016, the region-wide program served 1,525 seniors with another 562 seniors put on a waiting list due to program funding limits. Last year the program was served by more than 50 local farmer and market providers who redeemed $62,795 in coupons. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


     
    2017 Farmers/Vendors Needed:

    Local farmers are needed to participate in the Market program. For more details on what products are included in the program or to become an authorized SFMNP farmer, contact the Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) at 1-800-331-2644 ext. 2420.

    Download a Farmer flyer

    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides income-eligible senior citizens with special coupons to buy produce from approved providers. Program coupons may be exchanged for eligible fresh, locally grown fruits, herbs, vegetables and honey are eligible to be purchased with the coupons.

    The Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a USDA and Ohio Department of Aging program.  Coupons will be made available when funding is made available through the Ohio Department of Aging to local Area Agencies on Aging. 

    The Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a USDA and Ohio Department of Aging program in which grants are awarded to provide coupons to low-income seniors.

    The program serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington counties.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.  

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
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    A Program of Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District