WINSTON COUNTY - Seniors age 60 or older are encouraged to apply for a benefit offered under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
Each senior will receive five $6 vouchers (total of $30) for use at any approved farmers market or approved roadside market. The Haleyville Farmers Market is an approved market where seniors can spend their vouchers.
Eligible seniors must also have a monthly gross household income that does not exceed the following limits: $1,718 for a household of one; $2,327 for a household of two; $2,934 for a household of three; $3,541 for a household of four; $4,150 for a household of five; and $4,756 for a household of six. Seniors must re-apply each year for this program. For married couples, each spouse can apply.
Seniors can apply by visiting the website, http://fma.alabama.gov/seniornutrition/
Many seniors are not comfortable using the internet, but some may have family members who can help them apply. Some seniors say they had family members help them apply with the use of a smartphone. If any senior does not have internet access or is not comfortable using a computer, they may stop by the Haleyville Public Library, Double Springs Public Library or the Arley Public Library for assistance.
For seniors who are not able to visit one of these libraries, they still have several options. Seniors who visit the Haleyville Meal Site may get assistance there. Seniors in other parts of the county may call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376 and staff members will take the application over the phone.
The application only takes a few moments to complete, and just a few details such as name, address, race, date of birth, number of people living in household, gross household monthly income, telephone number and last four digits of social security number are needed. Completing an application does not guarantee receipt of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits due to the fact that funds are limited. Seniors are encouraged to apply before April 30.
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