Wexford County Council on Aging, in partnership with MSU Extension, offers a program targeted at bringing locally-grown fresh produce and nutritional information to the older adults of Wexford County.
Known as Senior Project FRESH, the program offers a coupon booklet to each qualifying participant which then can be used to purchase unprocessed Michigan-grown produce at participating farmers markets or roadside stands in Michigan. Each coupon booklet contains ten $2.00 coupons. Each booklet is valued at $20.00. (WCCOA will have a list of local participates)
What is the purpose of the Senior Project Fresh?
The program purposes are to:
● Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors.
● Increase the domestic consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs.
● Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs.
To apply for a free coupon booklet, older adults will need to complete an application that includes a short nutrition screening. Applicants qualify based on their age, county residency, and income. To be considered, applicants must be at least 60 years of age or older. Income limits are pretty generous at 185% of the poverty income guidelines. A single person can have an income of up to $1,723 a month and couples can have up to $2,333 a month to qualify. In Michigan, coupons are distributed starting on June 1 and continue until all the coupons are distributed. All coupons must be redeemed by October 31 of the same year.
The Senior Project Fresh Program is a seasonal program available during the summer and fall produce growing season.