Seniors to receive fresh produce coupons

UNION COUNTY — Some Union County seniors will be getting some help buying fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers’ market courtesy of the Union County Council on Aging and the S.C. Department of Social Services.

In a statement released this week, the Union County Council on Aging announced that, in partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, it will be issuing free coupons to low-income individuals age 60 and older that may be used to purchase fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons that may be used at participating farmers’ markets from June through Oct. 15, 2015. The coupons will be issued on a first come first served basis until the supply is exhausted.

The announcement states that the coupons will be distributed at the Union Senior Citizens Center, 237 N. Gadberry St., Union, this Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

Applications for the coupons must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in Union County is required in order to receive the free coupons. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility.

The household income eligibility limits are based on the number of persons residing in a household. The income eligibility limits per household are:

• One person — $21,590 (per year), $1,800 (per month), and $416 (per week)

• Two persons — $29,101 (per year), $2,426 (per month), and $560 (per week)

• Three persons — $36,612 (per year), $3,051 (per month), and $705 (per week)

• Four persons — $44,123 (per year), $3,677 (per month), and $849 (per week)

• Five persons — $51,634 (per year), $4,303 (per month), and $993 (per week)

• Six persons — $59,145 (per year), $4,929 (per month), and $1,138 (per week)

• Seven persons — $66,656 (per year), $5,555 (per month), and $1,282 (per week)

• Eight persons — $74,167 (per year), $6,181 (per month), and $1,427 (per week)

For each additional member add $7,511 (per year), $626 (per month), and $145 (per week)

Individuals who want 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.

This program is called the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and 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.

For more information contact the Union County Council on Aging at 864-429-1682.