'Market' help available for seniors
It’s Farmers’ Market Season and there is some financial help available for senior citizens wishing to partake in the goodies, providing they meet income criteria.
Residents 60 years of age and older living in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties will be able to apply for Farmers’ Market checks — $30 total value — at their local Southeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Senior Congregate Meal location or other designated location.
Seniors must be 60 years of age at the time of application. Eligibility is determined by age, income and residency. Each applicant must have a yearly income less than $21,256 (if single) or less than $28,693 (for a married couple). If both husband and wife meet all criteria, both are eligible for checks.
Applicants must sign up at the distribution location closest to their place of Iowa residence.
Sign up in Mt. Pleasant is at the congregate meal site (Hy-Vee Food Store) or the Henry County Courthouse rotunda on Tuesday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 18, from 10 a.m.-noon.
Salem residents may sign up at the Community Building Thursday, June 13, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Winfield residents can sign up Thursday, June 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the VFW Building.
One purpose of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is to provide resources of fresh nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from farmers’ markets, farm stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship works with Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa to implement the program.
The checks may be redeemed through Oct. 31, 2013, anywhere in Iowa at farmers’ market and community supported agriculture farms where the “Iowa Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Checks Accepted Here” sign is displayed. A directory will be distributed with the checks that list area farmers’ markets, their dates and hours of operation along with authorized vendors who accept the checks.