Farmers market program aims to help low-income senior citizens

A South Carolina Department of Social Services program hopes it can help seniors eat healthier while also supporting farmers.

It allows low-income senior citizens aged 60 and older to buy unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers' markets from May through October 15.

Participants who qualify receive $25 in the form of five checks worth $5 to spend on the food. Checks are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. To become eligible, seniors must attend a distribution event, complete an application, prove identity and residence in the county, and self-declare an amount of household income. If eligible, the person will then receive the $25.

If someone wants to apply on behalf of a homebound senior, they must provide a statement from that person granting permission to submit an application. Proof of identity and income for the homebound senior must still be presented with the application.

The dates and locations of the program can be found below

John's Island Rural Housing
3624 Maybank Highway, John's Island
June 6: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Felix Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle, North Charleston
June 7: 9:30 a.m. to noon

Charleston Area Senior Center
259 Meeting St., Charleston
June 9: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lowcountry Senior Center
865 Riverland Drive, James Island
June 15: 9:30- 11:30 a.m.

Anyone who wants more information is asked to contact Stacey Richardson at (803) 898–0973 or Seandra Kelly at (803) 898–1760.

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