State farmers market program for seniors up and running

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced that the Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is up and running for the summer.

The program assists low-income seniors in obtaining fresh, Missouri-grown produce. It also generates more than $200,000 for the farmers market community, according a department news release.

More than 4,100 households may benefit, officials said. A total of up to 10 vouchers worth $5 each may be issued to each qualifying Missouri household.

Low-income seniors in the Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and mid-Missouri regions can apply to receive vouchers.

The vouchers allow them to purchase eligible foods from an authorized farmer at a Missouri farmers market. Eligible foods include fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut cooking herbs and honey.

The department has trained and authorized more than 175 farmers to participate in the program.

Vouchers will be available through Sept. 30 and must be redeemed by Oct. 31.


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