Low-income seniors invited to apply for county’s farmers market nutrition program

Farmers market vegetables. (File photo by Julie Van Tosh)

Eligible low-income seniors are invited to apply for Snohomish County’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The program is aimed at increasing the community’s intake of fruits and vegetables; expanding the use of local farmers markets, farm stores and community-supported agriculture programs; and increasing sales of Washington- grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

A list of participating farmers markets and farm stores will be posted when available on the county’s website, and will be included with the vouchers.

Eligible low-income seniors receive $40 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers markets or farm stands.

The application period ends July 15, 2022.

Eligible seniors include those ages 60-plus for non-Native Americans and ages 55-plus for Native Americans, with a monthly income of up to $2,096 per month for one person and up to $2,823 per month for two people. For larger households, add $728 per person. Funds are limited so a random selection process may be used to select recipients. Eligible applications received (via mail or online) by June 3, 2022, will receive priority.

You can learn more and apply here.

  1. Although a one-time $40 voucher is appreciated, even the most frugal will use that up in a week or two, at most. There has to be more that can be done for our low income seniors to help get them much needed nutritional foods, such as farmer, grocers, even some larger producing residential gardeners, donating produce (in addition to food banks). For those using the $40 in vouchers, they should be able to receive at least a 50% discount at check-out. Eating fresh produce is so important. We can do better. I know it!

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