Free, discounted fruits and veggies available to seniors at farmerís market

Heather R. Breaux
April 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Free, discounted fruits and veggies available to seniors at farmerís market
Fresh produce and farmerís market specialties could become easier for low-income seniors to purchase - thanks to the St. Charles Parish Council On Aging and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

According to COA executive director, Margaret Powe, the council in now accepting applications for coupons for use at the German Coast Farmerís Markets.

ďThis is our second year offering the coupons for low income seniors,Ē said Powe. ďAnd last yearís event was a success.Ē

Powe says that coupons are reserved for seniors 60 years of age and older, and points out that the number of coupons each senior will receive is based on income.

ďOur local farmerís markets provide residents with an alternative to purchase fresh produce,Ē she added. ďAnd each application will be processed according to income.Ē

Applications are available at the COAís Hahnville office located at 626 Pine St. on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on any business day after 3 p.m.

COA caseworker Pam Zeringue will also have a table set up at the German Coast Farmerís Marketís Wednesday markets on Highway 90 in Luling on April 22 and 29 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

ďWe encourage all seniors to apply for this program,Ē said Powe. ďItís a great way to help them enjoy the products the local farmerís markets have to offer.

For more information on the coupon program, contact the COA at 985-783-6683.




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