Michigan seniors will find help purchasing fresh, locally grown produce from authorized Michigan farmers’ markets and roadside stands through the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program.
People age 60 and older with a total household income of $20,147 or less for an individual, or $27,214 for a couple, are eligible to apply, as well as those receiving senior adult nutrition program benefits, commodities, or other federal food assistance. Applicants must also live in a county participating in the program, which begins May 15, with all coupons used no later than Oct. 31.
“This program offers a great opportunity for us to promote healthy aging through nutrition,” said Kari Sederburg, director of the state's Office of Services to the Aging. “A diet rich in fruits and veggies is important for all of us, and especially so for older adults to help manage and prevent many chronic illnesses. And there’s nothing more delicious and nutritious than eating Michigan-grown melons, tomatoes, or juicy strawberries during the summer months.”
Last year more than 20,000 older people were helped, and Michigan farmers received an impressive $500,000 in coupon redemption from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, visit michigan.gov/marketfresh.
To sign up, Wayne County residents should contact Maggie Watson or Janice Newton of the Senior Alliance. Reach them at 734-722-2830 or by email at email@example.com.