The Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce the availability of a $20.00 coupon booklet for low income senior citizens for the purchase of fruits and vegetables at certified Farmers Markets in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
‘The Area Agency on Aging has established nine sites for the distribution of the free Senior Farmers Market coupons thanks to the cooperation of our local certified markets,’ announced Amy Mallett, Chair, Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. ‘Seniors interested in applying for the Senior Farmers Market coupons should attend the distribution site nearest them. A schedule of the distribution sites is below.’
Where to get the coupons
The distribution sites include:
In San Luis Obispo County:
Arroyo Grande Certified Farmers Market – Wednesday, August 19, 2015
8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. Smart & Final, 1464 E. Grand Ave
Atascadero Certified Farmers Market – Wednesday, August 12, 2015
3:00- 6:00 p.m. Albertson’s Parking Lot
Baywood/Los Osos Certified Farmers Market – Monday, August 24, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Santa Maria Street between 2nd and 3rd, Baywood
Paso Robles Certified Farmers Market – Tuesday, August 11, 2015
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. 11th and Spring St. Paso Robles
SLO Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market – Saturday, August 29, 2015
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. World Market Parking Lot, 25 Madonna Rd.
In Santa Barbara County:
Downtown Santa Barbara City Farmers Market – Saturday, July 25, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Corner of Santa Barbara & Cota Streets
Lompoc Certified Farmers Market – Friday, July 31, 2015
2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Oceano & I Streets
Goleta, Camino Real Farmers Market – Sunday, July 12, 2015
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 7004 MarketPlace Dr.
Santa Maria Certified Farmers Market – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Noon- 4 p.m. Broadway and Main in Fallas Shopping Parking Lot
About the program
“CDFA partners with California’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to distribute the SFMNP check booklets which include 10 checks redeemable for $2 each”, continued Ms. Mallett. “The AAAs serve this purpose well because they administer several senior programs on a local level.”
‘At the check distribution sites, seniors that meet the age and low income eligibility requirements receive one $20 check booklet a year and nutrition education information,’ continued Ms. Mallett. “Fruits and vegetables are an important component of a healthy diet. I hope seniors will avail themselves of these coupons and enhance their diet with fruits and vegetables with these free coupons.’The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a 100 percent federally funded program which provides low-income seniors with check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables at Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM). The program is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency (USDA, FNS), and in California, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). In 2015, CDFA is providing seniors with almost $890,000 in check booklets to redeem at WIC authorized CFMs.
For more information please telephone joyce ellen lippman, Executive Director at (805) 925-9554, (805) 965-3288, (805) 541-0384 or 1-800-510-2020.