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Local Senior Citizens May Apply to Receive Checks for use at Local Farmers Markets in Labette County

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF PARSONS

PARSONS, KS --- The Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will provide low-income seniors with $30 of benefits for use during the 2014 harvest season to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey at local farmers markets between June 1 and October 15, 2014.

To be eligible to receive Senior Farmers’ Market checks, seniors must meet the criteria below:

  • Age – person must be 60-years-old or older on the day of issuance
  • Income level – Individual annual gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below $20,665 ($1,723/month)
  • Limit one voucher booklet per household

Applications for the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will be available beginning June 10 at the Parsons Farmers Market at 1618 Broadway, Parsons. Seniors can apply for the program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Parsons Farmers Market. After June 10, if vouchers are still available, seniors can go to the second floor of the Municipal Building and inquire. Eligible Parsons Housing Authority residents should contact Karen Madden at 421-7040.

Currently, there are funds to serve the first 42 people who apply and are eligible. Applicants will be served on a first come, first serve basis, and will be asked for proof if income and valid photo ID. For more information about the program, call Kari West at 421-7030 or email kwest@parsonsks.com.

Farmers who have been certified to participate in the program may accept Senior Farmers’ Market checks. Any Kansas farmer wishing to participate in the program should contact Anthony Randles at 785-296-8060 or arandles@kdheks.gov. For more information, visit the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program at www.kdheks.gov/sfmnp.

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