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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns to Lexington County

May 25, 2019

Lexington, SC - - The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) returns this summer with the goals of supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and supporting South Carolina's small farmers.

 

The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals 60 and older to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs May through October 15.

 

Participants receive $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized locations. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The vouchers will be issued:

  • Tri-City Leisure Center 485 Brooks Ave., West Columbia June 3: 1 - 4 p.m.

  • Ball Park Road Gym Complex 432 Ball Park Road, Lexington June 4: 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Swansea Senior Center 197 N. Lawrence St., Swansea June 5: 9 a.m. – noon

  • Batesburg-Leesville Senior Center 241 Highland Ave., Batesburg June 6: 9 a.m. – noon

  • LCRAC Aging Admin. Building 125 Parker St., Lexington Call (803) 356-5111

Eligibility Process Includes:

  1. Attend a distribution event

  2. Complete the application

  3. Provide proof of identity and residence in the county

  4. Self-declare amount of household income

  5. If eligible, participants receive the $25 benefit

Individuals wishing to apply for home-bound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the home-bound senior must be presented at the time of application.

 

Now in 42 counties, it began as a pilot program in six. The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and county Agencies on Aging.

 

For more information, contact Seandra Kelly at (803) 898–1760 or Seandra.Kelly@dss.sc.gov.

 

 

 

 

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