2012-05-10 / Community

Seniors encouraged to take advantage of Project FRESH

MANISTIQUE – The Office of Services to the Aging encourages all eligible older Michigan residents to enroll in this year’s Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH, which began May 1. This innovative nutrition program provides qualified older people with coupons used as cash to purchase fresh, locally grown produce from authorized Michigan farmers’ markets and roadside stands.

People age 60 and older with a total household income of $20,147 or less for an individual or $27,214 for a couple are eligible to apply, as well as those receiving SNAP benefits, commodities, or other federal food assistance. Applicants must also live in a county participating in the program. The program begins May 15, with all coupons used no later than Oct. 31.

This federally-funded Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program is a proven win-win for farmers and seniors alike. Last year more than 20,000 older people were helped, and Michigan farmers received an impressive $500,000 in coupon redemption from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information and to sign up, stop by the Manistique Senior Center at 101 Main St. or call (906) 341-5923. Information is also available at www.michigan.gov/marketfresh.

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