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Missouri Offers Free Vouchers for Low-Income Seniors to Access Farmers Markets
Missouri Ag Connection - 06/07/2023

Low-income seniors aged 60 and over in Missouri can now receive free $50 vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. The program, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has entered its fifth year and offers vouchers through the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging in the Springfield area.

The initiative serves 17 counties in southwest Missouri and has seen a high demand, with a long line of people waiting to obtain the free coupons.

Many seniors, including those who aren't typically fond of fruits and vegetables, appreciate the program's impact on their nutrition. The vouchers alleviate the financial burden associated with buying produce, allowing seniors on fixed incomes to prioritize their groceries and healthcare expenses.

The program will run until the end of September, and the vouchers can be used until the end of October.

To qualify, applicants must be at least 60 years old and have a household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty line. Proof of identity, age, residency, and income is required during the application process.

The initiative not only benefits recipients but also supports local farmers and the economy. For more information, individuals can contact SeniorAge at 417-862-0762. Additionally, participants of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) low-income program can also apply for $20 benefits to purchase eligible foods at Missouri farmers markets or roadside stands through the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

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