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Senior Farmers Market
The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a program sponsored by USDA and The Ohio Department of Aging in which grants are awarded to provide coupons to low-income seniors.
Individuals are eligible for the Ohio Senior Farmers' Market program if you are 60 years of age or older with an annual household income of:
* one person = $0 - $21,257
* two people = $21,258 - $28,694
* three people = $28,695 - $36,131
To enroll, complete and return the application. If your application is accepted, then coupons will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis- while funds are available. Once coupons are received, be sure to use them by their expiration date(s).
Participants receive $50 worth of coupons for the growing season.If you are home bound, you may select someone trustworthy to be your personal shopper (proxy) to pick up your coupons for you. You and your proxy must both sign the application.The proxy is able to redeem coupons for the home bound individual.
You can use your coupons at participating farmers' markets and roadside stands. Look for the senior farmers' market (SFMNP) poster when shopping.
Last year through grant support from The Ohio Department of Aging and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Senior Farmers Market served nearly 1,500 seniors and another 578 were placed on waiting lists. The program was supported by nearly 64 farmers, roadside stands and markets across the region. The Kudos for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition coupons keep us remembering the value of the program!
"Thankful for this program as I live on a fixed income and fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive. This program made a big difference in eating healthy." - Margaret
"Thank you for providing me with fresh vegetables. It was a real treat to be able to choose from such a variety. You really do take care of our nutritional needs." - Roseanne
If you know of someone who might need these services, call AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644.
Local farmers are also needed to participate in the Market program. Farmers may sell seasonal items as long as the farmer grows at least 51 percent of the produce sold and does not purchase produce from a wholesaler (one who does not grow the produce). A farmer may buy the rest of the produce —49 percent of what is sold from other local farmers.
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 or visit www.areaagency8.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
“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 and employer.”