The Jackson County Aging Office will offer the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to income-eligible seniors again this year.

If you are a citizen 60 years or older (55 if Native American) with an annual household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, you may apply and receive a $25 voucher packet to purchase locally-grown produce at certified farmers markets and food stands. The following table describes eligible households:

Program to offer vouchers to seniors for farmers markets

Household Size Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $1,860 $22,311
2 $2,504 $30,044
3 $3,149 $37,777
4 $3,793 $45,510

*For each additional household member, add $645 monthly, $7,733 annually.

The distribution of vouchers will be as follows:

June 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lincolnwood Apartments in Black River Falls

June 5, 3–4:30 p.m. at the Friends Sharing Food Shelf in Black River Falls

June 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the River Grove Apartments in Black River Falls

June 13, 1-2 p.m. at the Center Circle Apartments in Merrillan

June 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Taylor Food Pantry in Taylor

This is a first come, first serve program for which Jackson County qualified to receive 94 packets for distribution.

No voucher packets will be distributed prior to June 1 in Jackson County.

After June 28, eligible seniors may contact the Jackson County elder benefit specialist, Pam Johnson, at 715-284-4301, extension 377 to check on the availability of voucher packets.

Redemption of vouchers can be done at certified Jackson County farmers markets and stands. Markets or stands can be added upon application and training. SFMNP vouchers can also be redeemed at any certified Wisconsin Farmers’ Markets and farm stand throughout the state.

For more information about the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program contact Pam Johnson, Jackson County elder benefit specialist at 715-284-4301 or 1-877-498-6448.

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