Applications are available today for the annual Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program—an effort providing low-income seniors with $40 to be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County.
Eligible King County residents are age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) with lower incomes—monthly incomes at or below $1,832 for seniors alone or $2,470 for a household of two.
“Healthy eating helps older adults live longer and stronger,” said Maureen Linehan, division director of the Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services. “Eating nutritious foods is vital to reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more. Each year, this program introduces thousands of older adults to fresh, nutritious, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey available at neighborhood farmers markets.”
Because funds are limited, a random selection process will be used to select recipients. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before May 16, 2016. All applicants will receive mail notification of their status on or before July 1.
A searchable list of local markets can be found on the Washington State Farmers Market Association website. Contact individual markets to determine if they accept Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.
Aging and Disability Services—a unit of the Seattle Human Services Department—is designated by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging for King County. The agency plans, coordinates, and advocates for a comprehensive service delivery system for older adults, family caregivers, and people with disabilities in King County. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org.