Farmers' Market Helps Low Income Seniors

Jul 31, 2012

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is now available at Paducah’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. Administered and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency, as well as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the program offers low-income senior citizens in McCracken County check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at certified farmers’ markets. The Paducah Sun says seniors meeting the age and income requirements may receive one booklet of seven checks redeemable for a total of $28. One hundred vouchers have already been distributed, each with special USDA stamps that market vendors can cash at any local bank. Tracking numbers on each stamp will provide feedback on how many vouchers are redeemed.