The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is coming back to Lexington County. The goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and to support South Carolina’s small farmers.
The program allows low income senior citizens — age 60 and older — to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs. This year, the program that serves about 25,000 senior South Carolinians will be available in 41 counties in South Carolina between May and October 15.
Participants are awarded $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized farmers’ markets and stands. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and county Agencies on Aging.
The vouchers will be issued at:
- Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Avenue, West Columbia; June 5, 1 – 4 pm.
- Swansea Senior Center, 197 N. Lawrence Street, Swansea; June 6 – 30, 9 am – noon.
- Ball Park Road Gym Complex, 432 Ball Park Road, Lexington; June 7, 9 am – noon.
- Batesburg-Leesville Senior Center, 241 Highland Avenue, Batesburg; June 8 – 30, 9 am – 1 pm.
- LCRAC Aging Admin. Building 125 Parker Street, Lexington, June 8 – 30, 9 am – noon.
- Attend a distribution event
- Complete the application
- 3 .Provide proof of identity and residence in the county
- Self-declare amount of household income
- If eligible, participants receive the $25 benefit
- Checks are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and while supplies last
- $25 Benefit – (5) $5 checks per participant
- October 15 – participant’s last day to use the check
- Checks must be signed before use
- Checks are only accepted with authorized farmers’ and farmer markets
- Nutrition education will be provided
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.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.