Coupons help low-income seniors buy fresh produce

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June 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Coupons are now available to help low-income seniors buy fresh fruit and vegetables at farmer’s markets. Iowa Department on Aging spokesperson, Machelle Shaffer says the coupons are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

She says they program is through the low-income senior nutrition program and they provide 10 checks for three dollars each that can be redeemed at produce stands and farmer’s markets. Shaffer says the coupons are good through October 31st.

Shaffer says eligible seniors must be 60 years or older and have an income of 20-thousand-147 or below for a single person, and 27-thousand-214 dollars or below for a married couple. Shaffer says there is a one page application form you need to fill out.

Shaffer says it does not take long to fill out the form that you can get at your local Area Agency on Aging. She says you can call 866-468-7887 to find your local Area Agency on Aging. Shaffer says the program helps seniors as well as those who grow fresh food locally.

(Radio Iowa)