Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
This June come on out and get your check booklets at your nearest Certified Farmers Markets. The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging will be out to distribute your booklets. Here's some more information on the Senior Farmer's Market Program:
The federally funded Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is a program which provides seniors with a check booklet that can be used to purchase fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM) to low-income seniors.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, partners with 32 of California’s Area Agencies on Aging to distribute the check booklets which include five checks redeemable for $4 each. The AAAs serves this purpose well because they administer several senior programs on a local level either directly or through their affiliation with senior organizations.
All senior participants must meet the Participant Eligibility Guidelines:
- Are at least 60 years of age or older
- Household annual income does not exceed more than %185 of poverty level
- Has not already received 2016 SFMNP check booklet
Participant Benefit Level
The benefit level for the 2016 season is $20 per each eligible participant.
Designation of a proxy
An individual (proxy) may be designated to by a participant to act as their representative to receive the Senior Farmers’ Market check booklet and make purchases at Certified Famers’ Markets.
Participants Rights and Responsibilities
A Check Issuance Log must be signed by the participant or designated proxy, acknowledging they meet all the SFMNP requirements and have read or had the statement read to him or her.
Distribution of Check Booklets to Participants
All participants may receive 1 check booklet made up of (5) $4 checks. Checks must be redeemed by participants or proxy’s no later than November 30th, 2016.
The Area Agency on Aging’s service providers will ensure the participants self-certify that they meet the Participant Eligibility Requirements and are only allowed one check booklet for the 2016 season. Before receiving the check booklet they must sign the Check Issuance Log.
To all those who attended the 47th annual Senior Day in the Park, the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging would like to thank you. The event was a great success, rain or shine!
We could not have done it without the tremendous help from the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency Staff, Sycamore Valley Students, Leadership Visalia, CSET Senior Services and the CSET Corp Members whom all volunteered their time.
Senior Day in the Park could not have been possible without the help from our sponsors. A great number of community partners made monetary and in-kind donations which was a fantastic community effort.
Senior Day in the Park Sponsors:
Family Health Care Network
Salser & Dillard Funeral Home
Exeter Senior Center
Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging
Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency
CSET Senior Services
Tulare County Social Security Office
We will shortly post pictures of the event and photo booth.
We are looking forward to seeing you again next year!