Program Offers Low-Income Seniors Free Food at Farm Stands

ALBANY (AP) -

Low-income New Yorkers age 60 and older can get free produce at local farm stands and farmers markets under a new policy of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The agency says $2 million in Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are now available for eligible residents. The program provides checks to low-income seniors to purchase $20 worth of locally grown fruits and vegetables from participating markets. The checks are available at county offices for the aging.

Approximately 120,000 booklets consisting of five $4 checks will be distributed this year.

Recipients must have an income of $1,832 or less per month for a single person or $2,470 for a couple, or be eligible for public assistance.