Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks give older adults a chance to eat healthy produce, fresh from Puget Sound area farms.

Applications for the 2014 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs throughout King County, will be available through Thursday, May 15 on the program website.

Applicants must be King County residents age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) and low-income—below 185 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In real terms, that means someone who meets the age requirement must have a monthly income at or below $1,799 if he or she lives alone or $2,425 for a household of two. For larger households, the FPL formula adds $625 per month per person.

Look for the WIC & Senior sign at your neighborhood farmers market.

"Many King County seniors have been inspired by visiting their local farmers market—perhaps for the first time—and eating fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey," said Maureen Linehan, interim director of Aging and Disability Services, the agency that oversees the state-funded program in King County. "This has been a great investment in senior nutrition."

Applications are available on the program website or by calling any of the organizations listed below.

  • African American Elders Program: 206-328-6840
  • Asian Counseling & Referral Service: 206-695-7510
  • Chinese Information & Service Center: 206-624-5633 ext. 4178
  • Latino Information & Assistance: 206-764-4700
  • Neighborhood House: 206-461-4522
  • Russian Information & Assistance (Irina at JFS): 206-861-8787
  • Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens: 206-684-0500
  • Senior Information & Assistance (206-448-3110 or 1-888-4-ELDERS)

Because funds are limited, a random selection process is used to select recipients. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2014. All applicants will receive mail notification of their status on or before July 1.

For a list of local markets, visit the Washington State Farmers Market Association website.