Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons to be Mailed Early June


Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said more than $300,000 worth of Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupon booklets will be mailed to qualifying senior citizens the first week of June.
Strain said the coupons give senior citizens an opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown produce and support state agriculture at the same time.
“The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a very important program for our senior citizens and state farmers,” Strain said. “Senior citizens who qualified for the program will receive $24 worth of food coupons to be spent on fresh produce grown by local farmers.
“I set a goal to get the food vouchers in the hands of our senior citizens by the first week of June. In early June, it will be harvest time for a large variety of Louisiana produce and the selection for tomatoes, blueberries, peppers, squash, beans and melons will be at its peak. June will be one of the best months to redeem the coupons.”
Strain said each coupon booklet contains six $4 coupons that may only be redeemed at approved farmers markets and roadside stands to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey approved by the FMNP. The coupons can also be used during the fall harvest season but must be redeemed by Nov. 30, 2010.
A person must be at least 60 years old and earn less than 185 percent of the poverty level to have qualified for the program. Strain said for a one-person household, the annual income level should be $20,036 or less. The annual household income in a two-person household should be $26,955 or less.
For more information about the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call 985-345-9483.
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