The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is provided through the United States Department of Agriculture and the Indiana State Department of Health.
The purpose of the program is to encourage seniors to include fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets.
The program is available to persons 60-older as of Oct. 1, 2009, who earn an income of less than $1,670 per month for one person or $2,247 per month for two people (both 60-older) in the household.
Eligible single persons receive $24 in vouchers and eligible senior couples receive $48 in vouchers.
There are three farmers markets in the six-county area where the vouchers can be used, including Terre Haute Downtown Market (southwest corner of 9th and Cherry streets, Terre Haute; open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m.-noon); Greencastle Farmers Market (north side of Putnam County Courthouse, Greencastle; Saturday mornings from 8 a.m.-noon; and Greencastle Farmers Market (Robe-Ann Park, Greencastle; Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m.).
To obtain the vouchers from the Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled, persons must meet the income guideline and reside in one of the following counties: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo, at the time of the application.
Vouchers are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and each eligible person may receive only one set of vouchers per season.
For more information, call Patty Cannoy or Gloria Wetnight at 812-238-1561 or 1-800-489-1561 to obtain an application.