(Madison County, NY – July 2012) The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a limited number of coupons redeemable at local farmers markets. To be eligible, recipients must be 60 or older and affirm that you are low-income based on one or more of the following criteria: eligible for or currently receiving SSI, Public Assistance, Section 8 HUD subsidy or have an income of less than $1,722 per month if single or $2,333 per month, if married.

Coupons are worth $20 in farmers market products; each booklet has five checks worth $4 each. One booklet per married couple. Being a HEAP recipient does not automatically qualify a senior to receive the coupons. The coupons are free and can be used to buy fruits and vegetables at any participating farmers market. They cannot be used in your regular grocery store. Coupons will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coupons will be available beginning July 16, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Office for the Aging in Canastota, as well as on the following dates and locations:

July 25, 11 to 11:30 a.m., St. Joan of Arc Church, Brookside Drive, Morrisville

July 26, 11 a.m. to noon, Baptist Church, Elm Street and Beaver Creek Road, Brookfield

July 27, 10 to 10:30 a.m., Carriage House Apartments, 6 Carriage House Circle, Cazenovia

July 27, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m., Cazenovia Village Apartments, 24 Nelson Street

All Madison County eligible seniors are welcome; you do not need to be a resident of the distribution sites to receive coupons. For more information, call the Office for the Aging at (315) 697-5700.

By martha

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