ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.5 million in funding through the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
A press release says the program provides checkbooks worth $20 to low-income New Yorkers ages 60 and older to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables.
“By providing low-income seniors with the means to purchase fresh, homegrown food, we are empowering thousands of New Yorkers to lead healthier lives while also supporting local farmers’ markets across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am proud to join our federal partners to make this program a success, and I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to explore a farmers’ market near them this summer.”
Nearly 100,000 booklets consisting of five $4.00 checks are being distributed, and can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from 950 farmers vending at 500 community farmers’ markets across the state.
A press release says in order to be eligible you must be 60 years and older and earn $1,800 or less per month for a single or $2,426 per month for a couple. If individuals don't meet the income requirement they can still qualify if they meet one of the following requirements: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), public assistance or Section 8 housing subsidy, recipients cannot have received FMNP checks from any other location.
For a listing of farmers’ markets across the state, please visit www.data.ny.gov.
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