Program Overview

Welcome to Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH 2016

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Program Description

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.  They add vitamins, fruit and vegetablesminerals and fiber to the diet, and are low in sodium, fat, and sugar.  Fruits and vegetables can be used as main meals, side dishes and snacks. 

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH in Michigan, provides older adults who qualify with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

Qualified older adults receive coupons that are used to purchase Michigan-grown produce at registered roadside stands and farmers markets. Eligible items include: berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans, honey, and more. Item Listing

The program is free for both the participant and the farmer. It's truly a win-win for Michigan farmers and older adults! Become a participating market or farmer.

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH originates from U.S. Department of Agriculture funding. It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and these federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors.

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How the Program Works

Participants are given ten, $2.00 vouchers to use at Farmers Markets and Roadside stands that display a sign that reads, "Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH Welcome Here".  The participant may chose from any Michigan-grown, non-processed product, including honey, that is for sale.  The participant uses the voucher like cash to pay for the products. 

Coupons cannot be used for items that are not normally grown in Michigan, such as bananas, oranges and pineapples.  They also cannot be used on potted plants, flowers, cheese, meat, or eggs, even though some of these are good sources of nutrition. Cooking demonstration

Participants also receive nutrition education when they get their coupons.  This may be done at a class, one-to-one, or sometimes at the market. 

Participants are encouraged to use all their coupons during the season, which is May 1-October 31st each year.  If a participant has difficulty getting to a market, they can assign a proxy.

To qualify, and older adult must be:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Have a total household income of 185% of poverty or less 
  • Live in the county where the coupons are issued.            

Click here to find the agency that distributes coupons in your county.

 

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

 If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

 Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

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