Low-income older Iowans are being encouraged to apply for coupons that can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets around the state. Iowa Department on Aging Director John McCalley says the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program will benefit around 20,000 Iowans this year.

“We routinely run out of (the coupons) quickly, so our recommendation is if you’re a senior citizen over the age of 60 interested in getting coupons for fresh produce, get in touch with a local Area Agency on Aging…so you can get your coupons,” McCalley said.

Eligible seniors must have a household income level at or below $20,000 if single or $27,000 for a married couple. McCalley says budget cuts from both the state and federal government mean the program won’t serve as many Iowans this year. “Last year, there were about 1,000 more people that received coupons than this coming year. That’s what the budget cuts did to us this year,” McCalley said.

Checks are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Seniors are provided with 10 checks for $3 each that can be redeemed at participating farmer’s markets between June 1 and October 31.

More info: online at http://www.i4a.org or by phone 866-468-7887