PLATTSBURGH — Local seniors can increase their intake of fresh produce with Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons offered through local aging offices.
“The purpose of the program is to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for seniors age 60 and over,” Katie Moore, account-clerk typist for the Clinton County Office for the Aging, said.
“They can just stop in the the office, and there is also an income eligibility, too.”
The maximum gross monthly income for one person is $1,926; two people $2,607; and three people, $3,289.
“They do have to fill out a form,” she said.
“It's just basic information their name, address and phone number.”
The agency has 800 booklets to distribute for the season.
“There are five coupons in a booklet, and they are $4 each so a total of $20,” Moore said.
Each senior can receive one booklet, which can be used at the Plattsburgh Farmers' and Crafters' Market, the Rouses Point Farmers Market, Pray's Family Farm Stand in Keeseville, Northern Orchard Farm Stand in Peru, and Shields Vegetable Farm Stand in Plattsburgh.
“We cannot issue them after September 30,” Moore said.
“It is put on by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.”
In Essex County, 580 booklets will be distributed to income-eligible seniors 60 and over.
“As of today we have distributed about 100 booklets,” Krissy Leerkes, acting director of the Essex County Office for the Aging, said.
“Older adults responded to this program in a great way. They loved going to the Farmers Market, being able to pick out their locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables but also to support their local farmers because it makes a huge impact for our local farmers as well.”
Essex County seniors can cash in their coupons at any participating Farmers Market including Elizabethtown, Willsboro, Keene, Ticonderoga and Lake Placid.
"And, there are various farm stands that also participate,” Leerkes said.
The Franklin County Office for the Aging also received 800 booklets and approximately half of them have been distributed.
“Right now, we have eight local adult centers that you are able to obtain vouchers at all these sites as well we have them here at the Office for the Aging at the courthouse,” Mandy Jarvis, aging services specialist at the Franklin County Office for the Aging, said.
“So, there are nine distribution sites in Franklin County that you're able to obtain these vouchers if you are income eligible.”
Booklets are available at the Malone Adult Center, Constable Adult Center, Fort Covington Adult Center, St. Regis Falls Adult Center, Brushton-Moira Adult Center, Saranac Lake Adult Center, Tupper Lake Adult Center, Burke Adult Center and the Franklin County Office for the Aging located at 355 West Main St. in Malone.
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The Clinton County Office For The Aging is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and located at 135 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh.
For more information, contact 518-565-4620.
The Farmers Market Coupon Program offers eligible individuals $20 towards the purchase of local fruits and vegetables, redeemable at participating Farmers Markets.
To be eligible, you must be 60 years of age or older and meet the following income guidelines: One-person household $1,926/month and two-person household $2,607/month.
Coupons can be picked up at the Essex County Office for the Aging (518-873-3695) between 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at one of the following locations:
July 10: AuSable Forks Nutrition Site from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 11: Schroon Lake Senior Center from 10 to 11 a.m.
July 11: Lakeside Manor Apartments (residents only) from 1 to 2 p.m.
July 11: Moriah Nutrition Site, 1 to 2 p.m.
July 11: Lee House Apartments (Lee House Residents Only) from 2 to 3 p.m.
July 11: Lord Howe Estates (Lord Howe Residents only) from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
July 11: Ticonderoga Nutrition Site from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
July 11: Moses Circle (Moses Circle Residents only) from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
July 12: Keeseville Nutrition Site from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 12: Greenwood Apartments (Greenwood Residents only) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 12: North Elba Town Hall from 1 to 2 p.m.
July 15: Essex/Willsboro Nutrition Site from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
July 15: Willsboro Visitors Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
July 15: Minerva Nutrition Site/Community Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 16: Keene Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 16: Overlook Apartments from 12 to 1 p.m.
July 16: Crown Point Knapp Center from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
July 17: Newcomb Nutrition Site from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 18: Westport Town Hall from 2 to 3 p.m
July 19: Lake Placid Nutrition Site (New Hope Church) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Franklin County Office for the Aging is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and located at 355 West Main St. in Malone.
For more information, call 518-481-1533.