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Fresh Food for Seniors: $50 in Checks to Boost Nutrition and Support Local Farmers

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The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with $50 in checks to buy fresh produce and honey from local farmers.

Program Helps Seniors Eat Fresh, Support Local Farmers

The Illinois Department of Aging and Human Services has launched the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program for low-income seniors. The program provides five $10 checks to buy fresh produce, herbs, and honey from local farmers.

The program benefits both seniors’ diets and local farmers. It helps seniors access fresh produce which is essential for good health and also supports local farmers and economies, according to the report of My Wabash Valley.

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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Eligible participants will receive checks on a first-come, first-served basis. They can use these checks at participating farmers markets and roadside stands between July 10 and October 31. Look for yellow signs with black lettering to identify participating vendors.

Malnutrition can have serious consequences for seniors with fixed incomes. Access to fresh fruits and vegetables can improve their health outcomes especially for those managing chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

To participate seniors must be at least 60 years old and meet income requirements. Eligible individuals should contact their local Area Agency on Aging for application instructions and more information.

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