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Senior Farmers Market kicks off today

The York County Council on Aging, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, will be issuing free coupons to low income individuals age 60 and over that may be used to purchase fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons that may be used at participating markets through October 15, 2011. The coupons will be issued on a first come first serve basis until the supply is exhausted.

The coupons will be issued from 1:30-3:00pm on Tuesday, May 31 at the Senior Center at Highland Park, 917 Standard St. Rock Hill, and from 1:30-3:00pm on Wednesday, June 1 at the York Senior Center, 14 N. Congress St.  York. Please do not arrive before 1:00pm as there is no available seating. Recipients can receive coupons only once per year.

Applications must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in York County is required in order to receive the free coupons. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility requirements. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility.

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at the time of application.

This program is called the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce, and to support South Carolina’s farmers.

For more information, contact: York County Council on Aging at 327-6694.

In accordance with Federal Law and the USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll-free (866)-632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or who have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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