The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) returns this summer with the goals of supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and supporting South Carolina’s small farmers.
The seasonal USDA grant program allows low-income, senior citizens — age 60 and older — to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs May through October 15.
It began as a pilot program in six counties in May of 2001 and has expanded to 41 counties. The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and county Agencies on Aging.
Participants receive $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized locations. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The vouchers will be issued:
· Awendaw Senior Center
6655 Highway 17 N.
June 4: 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
· South Santee Community Center
710 S. Santee Road, McClellanville
June 4: 1 – 3 p.m.
· John’s Island Rural Housing
3624 Maybank Highway, John’s Island
June 6: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
· Felix Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle, North Charleston
June 7: 9:30 a.m. to noon
· Charleston Area Senior Center
259 Meeting St., Charleston
June 9: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
· Lowcountry Senior Center
865 Riverland Drive, James Island
June 15: 9:30- 11:30 a.m.
1. Attend a distribution event
2. Complete the application
3. Provide proof of identity and residence in the county
4. Self-declare amount of household income
5. If eligible, participants receive the $25 benefit
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.
For more information, contact Stacey Richardson at (803) 898–0973 or Seandra Kelly at (803) 898–1760.