Voucher Help: Healthy Food for Seniors

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) There’s help to get good nutrition for seniors who are 60 or older and whose household income meets the maximum requirements.

They can get food vouchers to be spent on local fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s through a program called the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Seniors take the vouchers to listed farmers markets to make their selections.  And it’s not just the seniors who benefit.

Emily Sandlin, director at the Council on Aging, says, “The state has done this for years and years. First off, it does benefit the seniors. It promotes healthy eating. But I think one of the goals is also to promote local farming, local growers.”

One new problem is the program has gone high-tech with the application process and information online.

The Council on Aging staff will help seniors apply if necessary. If they qualify, the vouchers will be delivered to their door.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program doesn’t just help out seniors. There’s a program for nutritionally at risk women and children as well.

For more information, visit http://www.fma.alabama.gov/nutrition.aspx.

The Council on Aging site is http://www.limestonecounty-al.gov/LC_Council_On_Aging.html.



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