The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program will visit the Downtown Market on Friday, July 20 to distribute coupons to low-income seniors.
The program provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs. They are made available at one market per season.
In Oneida County, the program is administered by the Office for the Aging.
Each year, this office visits each farmers market located in the county to distribute coupons books worth $20 to eligible seniors.
Low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines, are the eligible recipients of benefits. Proof of residency in Oneida County is also required.
If an eligible senior is not able to get to their local farmers market on the designated day, coupon books are available directly from the local Oneida County Office for the Aging in their community.
The Downtown Market runs every Friday from noon-6 p.m. at the Griffo Green at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.