Seniors can apply to receive checks to buy fresh food at farmers markets in Butler, Harvey & Sedgwick County

BUTLER, HARVEY, SEDGWICK COUNTY - Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase an array of healthy foods at farmers markets throughout the state.
    The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers markets June 1-Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.
    To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:
1. A senior must be 60 years old or older.
2. A senior’s annual gross household income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of one must have an annual gross income at or below $21,978 or a monthly gross income at or below $1,832.
    Applications are available at the Butler County Dept. on Aging (316)775-0500, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging 1-855-200-2372, and the Harvey County Dept. on Aging (316)284-6880. l

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