Beginning Thursday, July 16, the Office for the Aging will begin distributing farmers market coupon booklets at sites throughout Niagara County.
The senior farmers market nutrition program, headed by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, provides coupons to all who meet age and income requirements. Each booklet contains five coupons worth $4 each ($20 total), which can be used to buy fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets throughout New York.
•Thursday, July 16, there will be a table set up outside 111 Main St., Lockport, from 10 a.m. until noon. A rain date is Friday, July 17.
•Thursday, July 23, there will be a drive-thru pickup at the Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main St., from 10 a.m. until noon. A rain date is Friday, July 24.
A press release said, “If you live in a senior housing building, please check with your site manager and/or look for our flyer announcing when we will be in your location. Additional distribution dates in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda will be announced soon.”
The senior farmers market nutrition program coupons are for income-eligible individuals 60 years of age and older. One may receive a booklet (one per person) in a household that qualifies.
2020 Income Guidelines:
Susan Christian, Office for the Aging’s program coordinator, noted, “New this season! If you cannot come to a distribution site and you do not have someone as your power of attorney, you can provide a handwritten note naming another person (a proxy) to pick up a booklet on your behalf. The note must be signed by the senior and presented by the proxy to the Office for the Aging staff at the distribution site.”
The farmers market coupons are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be established if necessary. For more information, call the Office for the Aging/NY Connects at 716-438-3030 or contact Christian at 716-438-4023.