Coupons available for farmers markets

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

in News

Older Americans Month tip: Adults over 60 may qualify for coupons to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey at local farmers markets.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of federal dietary guidelines. They are also good sources of fiber; low in sugar, fat and sodium; and nutrient-rich, yet low in calories. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables add flavor and variety to meals. The Department of Aging partners with area agencies on aging to offer the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in 45 counties. The program operates each year.

To enroll, contact your area agency on aging (see the list below for those closest to Jennings). Staff there will tell you how to access coupons. Participants receive ten $5 coupons. You can use your coupons at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands. If you are homebound, you may select someone trustworthy to pick up and redeem coupons for you.

Find out more about the program and its guidelines:
https://aging.ohio.gov/services/seniorfarmersmarketnutritionprogram/

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