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Farmers market offers special senior program
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It is once again time for the Warren County Senior Farmers Market Program. Registration is now being accepted, with vouchers given in July and August.
The program is designed to assist seniors in purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables by using vouchers at the Warren County Farmers Market.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for eligible senior citizens to increase their daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost, and support our local farming community," said Linsey Arfsten, health educator with the Warren County Health Department.
Authorized farmers provide fresh, unprocessed, Tennessee-grown produce including fruits, herbs and vegetables. The booths of participating farms will be clearly marked.
“This helps the local economy as well as improves the participants’ health,” said Arfsten.
Program participants will receive $40 in vouchers for July and August ($20 for each month) to be used at the Farmers Market in downtown McMinnville.
To be eligible for the program seniors must meet the following guidelines:
• Be a resident of Warren County
• Be age 60 or over
• Meet income guidelines
Single individuals must not exceed an annual income of $14,521 or a monthly income of $1,211. Income guidelines vary by size of the family unit. A family of two can make up to $19,669 annually or $1,640 monthly, while a family of four can make up to $29,965 annually and $2,498 monthly.
The program is made possible through a partnership with the Warren County Senior Center, Warren County Health Department and Warren County Farmers Market.
To apply for the vouchers, call the Senior Center at 473-6559 or the Health Department at 473-8468 for an appointment. Proof of residency, age and income must be provided.