OFA announces senior farmer’s market coupon distribution

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has received its supply of senior farmer’s market coupons. Seniors who wish to apply for coupon books need to come in person to one of the following distributions and be prepared to show proof of age:

Dunkirk: Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court in Dunkirk on Tuesday, July 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. or until books are gone.

Jamestown: The Renaissance Center Building, 19 W. Third St. in Jamestown, right next to the Farmer’s Market, on Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until books are gone.

“Seniors look forward to our Farmer’s Market coupons each year and our office has already received calls from seniors wondering when this year’s booklets will be available,” said Office for the Aging Director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos. “These coupons really mean a lot to them and with the rising costs of fresh produce, the coupons help seniors continue to purchase and enjoy fresh foods at local farmer’s markets.”

In order to qualify for the program, seniors age 60-plus must meet the following criteria:

Have a monthly income of $1,772 or less for a single-person household; or

Have a monthly income of $2,392 or less for a two-person household; or

Have a monthly income of $3,011 or less for a three-person household.

Coupon books are worth $20 with five coupons worth $4 each in a booklet. Coupons are accepted at designated Farmer’s Markets locally at the Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown and Westfield farmer’s markets. Addresses and times for these markets will be dispersed with the coupons. Only one coupon is allowed per household and participants must bring proof of age to receive their coupon.

Note that Proxy forms are no longer available. Farmer’s market coupons must be picked up in person according to funding regulations.

Seniors may also use their regular Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) cards, formerly known as food stamps, at any farmer’s market.

For more information about the senior farmer’s market coupons or SNAP, call NY Connects at 753-4582.