Farm­ers Mar­ket Pro­gram Ben­e­fits Se­nior Adults


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - By Lynn Kut­ter

LINCOLN — Rep­re­sen­ta­tives with Area Agency on Ag­ing of North­west Arkansas are sign­ing up par­tic­i­pants for the 2018 Se­nior Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Nutri­tion Pro­gram.

The last two sign-ups in Wash­ing­ton County will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri­day, May 11, at Farm­ing­ton Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity & Well­ness Cen­ter and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs­day, May 17 at Fayet­teville Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity & Well­ness Cen­ter.

To be el­i­gi­ble, a per­son must be 60 years or older and meet monthly in­come guide­lines. For a fam­ily of one, the gross monthly in­come is $1,872. For a fam­ily of two, the monthly in­come is $2,538; fam­ily of three, $3,204; fam­ily of four, $3,870.

Only one per­son in the fam­ily has to meet the age re­quire­ment but the in­come is based on the house­hold in­come.

The pro­gram al­lows one coupon book per house­hold and coupons can be used to pur­chase lo­cally grown fruits, veg­eta­bles, herbs and honey from lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets. Each book has 10 coupons at $5 in­cre­ments.

The mar­kets par­tic­i­pat­ing for 2018 in­clude Fayet­teville’s Mar­ket on the Square, the Green Fork Farm­ers Mar­ket on Dickson, Spring­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket at Jones Cen­ter and Down­town Spring­dale Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing ven­dors will have a sign that shows they are a part of the pro­gram.

Linda Wil­lkie, direc­tor of Prairie Grove Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity & Well­ness Cen­ter, said her se­nior adults en­joy go­ing to the Fayet­teville Farm­ers’ Mar­ket and many of the ven­dors are gen­er­ous in help­ing se­nior adults with the coupon books.

“It’s a won­der­ful pro­gram and won­der­ful to be able to pro­vide this,” Wil­lkie said.


Jackie Ap­ple of Lincoln signs up to re­ceive fresh pro­duce through farm­ers’ mar­kets in the area with Lisa McClel­land and Casey Pruitt, both rep­re­sen­ta­tives with Area Agency on Ag­ing of North­west Arkansas.

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