“We’re pleased that WIC recipients throughout the state can now acquire these Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks,” Northey said. “And allowing the checks to be issued on a first-come first-served basis should help to get the checks to those folks that are the most excited about purchasing local fresh produce from vendors at Iowa’s farmers markets.”
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with 10 checks for $3 each. Applicants throughout the state are offered the checks on a first-come first-served basis and the checks are available through Area Agency on Aging offices.
A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 20,000 eligible seniors this year.
Eligible seniors must be 60 years of age or older with a household income less than $21,590 if single or $29,101 for a married couple. Iowa seniors will be asked to complete a one page application verifying their eligibility, by providing their birth dates and the last four digits of their social security numbers.
The Area Agencies on Aging have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information. To find an Area Agency on Aging near you, contact the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) toll free at 866-468-7887 or at www.i4a.org.