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Program launches to provide eligible seniors with free fruits and vegetables at farmers markets

Monday, May 2, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – The Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), announced today the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH, is launching this week. The program runs from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Residents aged 60 years or older who have a total household income of 185 percent of poverty or less, are eligible for the program that provides $20 in coupons to purchase Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables at registered roadside stands and farmers markets.

Older adults must contact the program’s local lead agency to apply for the program. Visit to find your local lead agency, or call AASA at 517-373-8230 to receive your lead agency’s contact information.   

Once enrolled in the program residents may use the coupons like cash to pay for any Michigan-grown, non-processed produce, including honey, that is for sale at local participating farmers markets. More than 300 markets and roadside stands participated in the program last year.   

The program is free for both eligible residents and the Michigan farmers who participate.

The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the federal Farm Bill.

Last year more than 3,000 farmers participated in the program and it served nearly 24,000 people.