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 (a 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:
$1,756 for a household of one; $2,371 for a household of two; $2,987 for a household of three; $3,604 for a household of four; $4,219 for a household of five; and $4,835 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. 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 may call the Winston County Extension Office (205) 489-5376, and they can 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, 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.
This program is a benefit to seniors, but also helps the Haleyville Farmers Market and other markets gain new customers. Last year, over 500 seniors received the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. In addition, fresh, wholesome, locally grown produce can help seniors have a healthier diet.
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