Bill seeks vouchers to help low-income seniors buy food from farmers markets

A bill currently making its way through the Missouri House aims to establish a farmers market nutrition program for low-income seniors in the state.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City, would require Missouri to apply for a federal grant to give low-income seniors vouchers to buy eligible food at farmers markets and roadside stands.

It has been estimated that 330,000 Missouri seniors would qualify for the program, which would be available to couples over the age of 60 with an annual household income of $20,826 or less.

The plan, which already passed the Senate, is expected to reach the House floor. It has backing from a coalition that includes the Missouri Soybean Association and Empower Missouri.

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