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The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program returns this summer with the goal of supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and supporting South Carolina's small farmers. 

The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals 60 and older to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs May through Oct. 15.

Participants receive $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized locations. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The vouchers will be issued:

• June 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m. -- Orangeburg Senior Center, 2570 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg

• June 10-14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. -- Vance Senior Center, 10304 Old No. 6 Highway, Vance

• June 10-14, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. -- Branchville Senior Center, 101 Caboose Court, Branchville

• June 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Norway Senior Center, 105 State Road, Norway

Eligibility process:

• Attend a distribution event

• Complete the application

• Provide proof of identity and residence in the county

• Self-declare amount of household income

• If eligible, participants receive the $25 benefit

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at the time of application.

Now in 42 counties, it began as a pilot program in six. The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and county Agencies on Aging.

For more information, contact Seandra Kelly at 803-898–1760 or Seandra.Kelly@dss.sc.gov.

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