BRATTLEBORO -- Southeastern Vermont Community Action still has Vermont Farm to Family Program coupons left that are available to be distributed to income eligible senior citizens (aged 60 and over) in Windham and Windsor counties. Each eligible household that has not already received them can get $30 in coupons to be redeemed like cash for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at over 60 participating Farmers Markets while they are still available. The coupons are limited and issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
The goal of the program is to encourage healthy dietary alternatives that include locally-grown produce. Low-income families and individuals often have to forgo the option of fresh, nutritious foods due to lack of affordability when budgeting for groceries.
The program touts the additional benefit of returning dollars to local farmers. Every coupon spent puts $3 into the pocket of a local produce grower. Eligibility for the coupons depends on household income and size; e.g., $1,723 per month for 1, $2,333 for a couple, or $3,554 for 4 people in a household. The coupons must be redeemed before Oct. 31, so seniors are encouraged not to miss out on this limited opportunity.
Seniors interested in applying should contact the Brattleboro SEVCA office at 802-254-2795 or the main office at 802-722-4575 (or toll free at 1-800-464-9951) for an appointment or referral to the correct location.