Program provides eligible seniors with free produce at local farmers markets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 1, 2017
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, will launch today and will run until 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.
Once enrolled in the program residents may use the coupons like cash to pay for any Michigan-grown, non-processed produce, including honey.
Older adults must contact the program’s local lead agency to apply for the program. Visit www.michigan.gov/marketfresh to find your local lead agency, or call AASA at 517-373-8230 to receive your lead agency’s contact information.
The program is free for both eligible residents and the Michigan farmers who participate. Last year more than 3,000 farmers and 300 markets and roadside stands participated in the program. It served nearly 20,000 people.
The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the federal Farm Bill.