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Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Seniors

By Mike Henshaw
Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Seniors age 60 or older are encouraged to apply for a benefit offered under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.  Each senior will receive five $6 vouchers (total of $30) for use at any approved farmers market or approved roadside market.  The Haleyville Farmers Market is an approved market where seniors can spend their vouchers.  Eligible seniors must also have a monthly gross household income that does not exceed the following limits:  $1,605 for a household of one; $2,163 for a household of two; $2,721 for a household of three; $3,279 for a household of four; $3,838 for a household of five; and $4,396 for a household of six.  Seniors must re-apply each year for this program.  Before applying seniors should total up their monthly income for the household, but do not have documentation when applying.  New for this year, seniors must provide the last four digits of their social security number.  For married couples, each spouse can apply. 

Seniors can apply by visiting the website, www.buylocalalabama.com   Many seniors are not comfortable using the internet, but some may have family members that can help them apply.  Some seniors have told me that they had family members help them apply with the use of a smartphone connected to the internet.  If any senior does not have internet access or is not comfortable using a computer, they may stop by the Haleyville Public Library, Double Springs Public Library, or the Arley Public Library for assistance.  For seniors that are not able to visit one of these libraries, they still have several options.  Seniors that visit Haleyville Meal Site may get assistance there.  Seniors in other parts of the county may call us at the Winston County Extension Office (205) 489-5376. 

The application only takes a few moments to complete, and just a few details such as name, address, race, date of birth, number of people living in household, monthly income, telephone number, and last four digits of social security number are needed.  Completing an application does not guarantee receipt of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits due to the fact that funds are limited. 

This program is a benefit to the seniors, but it also helps our Haleyville Farmers Market and other markets gain new customers.  In addition, fresh, wholesome, locally grown produce can help seniors have a healthier diet.

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