Submitted by the Public Information Office
The Niagara County Office for the Aging has begun distributing farmers market coupon booklets at sites throughout Niagara County. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, provided 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 $5 each ($25 total), which can be used to buy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets throughout New York state.
To qualify of coupons, seniors must be 60 years of age and either entitled to receive SSI, Public Assistance, SNAP, or Section 8 Housing subsidy, or be within monthly income guidelines as follows:
√ $2,248 for a one-person household
√ $3,041 for a two-person household
√ $3,833 for a three-person household
“We very much encourage seniors across Niagara County who qualify to take advantage of these coupons and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers,” said Darlene DiCarlo, director of the Office for the Aging. “We have distribution sites across the county to make it easy to get your coupons.”
The coupons will be distributed beginning this Wednesday, July 19, at the Lockport Community Farmer’s Market, and concluding in September. A complete list of times, dates and locations for coupon distribution can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2v3yyt7e and in the graphic.