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Farmers’ market vouchers for seniors

May 19, 2017

As part of a national initiative, Milestones Area Agency on Aging will again be distributing vouchers to low- and moderate-income Iowans age 60 and older for use at local farmers’ markets.

Distribution will again take place at various Milestones senior meal centers, senior housing and other locations. Distribution at the three main offices will begin as follows: Davenport on June 14; Ottumwa on June 14 and Burlington on June 12.

Locally, distribution will be:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 at Lockridge Community Center;

• 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 9 at Hedrick Community Center.

• 1-2:30 p.m. June 12 at Fairfield Senior Citizen Center;

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 at Farmington Community Center;

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13 at Douds Senior Center;

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 at Milton American Legion Building;

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 15 at Stockport American Legion Hall; and

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 Keosauqua Senior Center.

A complete list of locations, dates and times is available on the website at milestonesaaa.org or by calling 855-410-6222.

Milestones is the distribution agency for seniors living in Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne counties.

Qualifying applicants must live in Iowa and be age 60 or older. Disabled individuals under age 60 are not eligible for farmers’ market vouchers through this program.

Annual income requirements are $22,311 or below for a single person and $30,044 or below for a married couple. Both husbands and wives can receive checks. Recipients sign a statement of eligibility with their name, address, phone number and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Recipients are awarded 10 $3-checks valued at $30 to be used June through October for fresh, unprepared, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey at participating farmers market vendors.

Checks cannot be used for baked goods, eggs, jelly, meat, etc.

Recipients should look for vendor stall signs that says “Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks and WIC Cash Value Vouchers Welcome Here” as an indication that the vendor is certified to accept the vouchers.

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