Farmers Market Vouchers Available
Spring is here and local farmers markets are opening. If you participated in the program in the past, you know it is time to sign up for this free program. The Farmers Market Authority is accepting applications for the 2021 Senior Farmers Market vouchers that give seniors the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Most seniors just refer to the SFMNP as the vegetable voucher program”, said RonetteGravitt, Nutrition Coordinator for NARCOG. “We began taking phone calls the first day the application went live in early January”, she went on to say. Almost 1800 area seniors applied for the SFMNP across the three-county NARCOG region in 2020.
The booklets containing five vouchers with a value of $30 are mailed in May or early June to those approved for the program. Vouchers can be used at local Farmers Markets, roadside stands and U-pick operations across Alabama. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and even local honey can be purchased with the vouchers.
The application is only available online. However, NARCOG assists local seniors 60 and older to apply by telephone. You can call NARCOG at 256-355-4515 or 1-800-243-5463 to apply. To learn more about the SFMNP or to apply online visit http://fma.alabama.gov.
2021 Age and Income Criteria
- Must be 60 or older on the date of application
- Gross Household Income (must not exceed)
- $1756 monthly for a household of 1
- $2371 monthly for a household of 2
- $2987 monthly for a household of 3
- *Call for higher household sizes*
The SFMNP is just one way we connect older adults to food resources. We can screen individuals and help you apply for food assistance programs such as SNAP benefits. Our resource specialists can also provide you with information on food resources in your community. ONE CALL - MANY RESOURCES
256-355-4515 or 800-243-5463