About the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of federal dietary guidelines. They are also good sources of fiber; low in sugar, fat and sodium; and nutrient-rich, yet low in calories. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables add flavor and variety to meals.
The Department of Aging partners with area agencies on aging to offer the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in 45 counties. The program operates each year.
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Eligibility and Enrollment
You are eligible for the Ohio Senior Farmers’ Market program if you are age 60 or older, reside in a service area that participates in the program and have a household income that falls within one of these guidelines:
- $21,775 or less – household of 1 person
- $29,471 or less – household of 2 people
- $37,167 or less – household of 3 people
- $44,863 or less – household of 4 people
- $52,559 or less – household of 5 people
- $60,255 or less – household of 6 people
Household income includes not only all wages and salaries, but also such items as unemployment insurance, disability payments, retirement checks and regular rental receipts, as well as any personal business, investment or other kinds of income received routinely. The residents of the household do not have to be related to the head of the household for their earnings to be considered part of the household's income.
To enroll, contact your area agency on aging. Staff there will tell you how to access coupons. Participants receive ten $5 coupons. If you are homebound, you may select someone trustworthy to pick up and redeem coupons for you.
You can use your coupons at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Look for the senior farmers’ market poster when shopping.
How the Program Works
Coupons can be redeemed for fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs and honey. Eligible items are listed in the chart below. Please select produce equal to the amount of the coupon. No change will be given.
Coupons may not be used to purchase flowers, potted plants, crafts, eggs, nuts, rice, popcorn, dried produce, dried herbs and baked goods. Coupons also may not be used to purchase processed foods, such as jams, apple butter, apple cider or maple syrup. Lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits, pineapples, mangos and bananas are not grown locally and may not be purchased with coupons.
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Region 3: Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert Counties
Area Agency on Aging 3
Contact: Rhonda Davisson, (419) 222-7723
Region 4: Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood Counties
Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.
Contact: Rebecca Liebes, (419) 382-0624
Region 6: Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison and Pickaway Counties
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
Contact: Linda Gillespie, (614) 645-3860, or Molly Haroz, (614) 437-2861
Region 7: Ross County
Area Agency on Aging 7, Inc.
Contact: Rita Pauley, (740) 245-5306
Region 8: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties
Area Agency on Aging Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District
Contact: Cathy Ash or Denise Keyes, (740) 373-6400
Region 9: Muskingum County
Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.
Contact: Diane Phillips, (740) 435-4913
Region 10a: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
Contact: Carolynn Scott, (216) 621-8010 ext. 1113
Region 10b: Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties
Area Agency on Aging, 10B, Inc.
Contact: Jill Riffle, (330) 899-5229
Region 11: Columbiana and Mahoning Counties
Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc.
Contact: Lisa Gill-Argiro, (330) 505-2360
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is made possible by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, state and local funding.
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