Farmers market coupons offered to area seniors
The Egyptian Area Agency on Aging, EAAA, reports that starting July 12, farmers market coupons will be distributed in the area.
The program intends to help senior adults to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets.
EAAA stated in a news release that the coupons “are a great benefit for senior adults on a limited income and for our local farmers. Buying food locally helps our economy.”
The farmers market coupons are free for senior adults in Illinois who reach age 60 and have an income that is no more than $1,860 per month for individuals and $2,504 per month for couples.
A completed and signed application is required for each eligible senior adult, EAAA noted.
Farmers market coupons and applications are distributed during normal business hours from Monday through Friday at senior citizen centers in Anna, Carbondale, Du Quoin, Herrin, Metropolis and West Frankfort. Special distribution dates may be scheduled elsewhere.
The agency explained that if senior adults cannot pick up the coupons themselves, they can designate a proxy who must take the application form to the senior adult for completion and a signature before the coupons are released.
For more information about the program, contact a senior adult center or EAAA by phone at 1-888-895-3306 or www.EgyptianAAA.org.