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Coupons for fresh produce available for seniors

By Staff | Mar 12, 2021

WAILUKU — Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh produce from Maui farmers’ markets.

Each participant will receive ten $5 coupons, worth a total of $50, to exchange for unprocessed locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from an authorized farmer or farmer’s market. The buying period runs from April 1 to Oct. 31, 2021.

The program is administered on Maui by Maui Economic Opportunity.

To qualify, an applicant must be at least 60 years old, a resident of Maui and have a maximum household income of $27,417 for a single person, $37,074 for two people and $9,657 for each additional household member, including children.

Seniors may use their coupons at authorized outlets, which will have a sign indicating they accept SFMNP coupons. There will be no cash change, and seniors are urged to spend as much of each $5 coupon as possible. Proxies may be designated for purchases by filling out a form.

Schedules and locations of farmers’ markets and outlets will be included with the coupon booklet.

Applications can be downloaded at https://www.meoinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SFMNP-Application-v.1.pdf or may be obtained by calling (808) 243-4313 or by e-mailing zilpah.kaimiola@meoinc.org.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The goal of the program is to help low-income seniors improve their health and nutrition with fresh food while also aiding local farmers.