Coupons distributed Wednesday

UNION COUNTY — Some Union County seniors will have a second chance Wednesday to obtain coupons that will help them purchase fresh produce from the local farmers’ market.

In partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, the Union County Council on Aging issued free coupons to low-income individuals age 60 and older during a special distribution event on Thursday, June 11. The coupons may be used by recipients to purchase fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets from June through Oct. 15.

The coupons were made available for distribution through the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The goal of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce while also supporting South Carolina’s small farmers.

During the June 11 event, which was held at Union Senior Citizens Center, coupons were distributed to 320 seniors or their designated representatives.

Seniors or those representing seniors lined Gadberry Street during the course of the four-event, trying to stay in the shade while waiting their turn. Due to the heat, however, some of those waiting their turn had to leave and missed out on their chance to be issued a coupon.

Those seniors or representatives of seniors along with those who were unable to attend the original distribution event, will have another chance to apply for and receive a coupon Wednesday morning when a second distribution event is held.

After the first distribution event, Union Council Council on Aging Director Earl Black announced that there were 80 coupons left. Black said that these coupons will be distributed this Wednesday (June 24) at the Union Senior Citizens Center, 237 N. Gadberry St., beginning at 9 a.m. As in the case of the 320 coupons distributed on June 12, Black said the 80 coupons will be distributed Wednesday on a first come first served basis. He said Wednesday’s distribution event will continue until all the coupons have been distributed.

Black added, that persons who have already received a coupon are ineligible to receive a coupon at Wednesday’s distribution.

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.

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