Eligible seniors should apply for benefit card for farmers' markets – Sand Mountain Reporter
As seniors age, they can face many financial challenges. Fortunately, many states offer special benefits to help seniors make ends meet. In Alabama, eligible seniors can apply for a Benefit Card for Farmers’ Markets to help them access fresh, locally grown produce at an affordable price.
The Benefit Card for Farmers’ Markets program is administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and is available to seniors age 60 and over. The card allows seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating farmers’ markets at a discounted rate. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is designed to help seniors access fresh, healthy foods at a price they can afford.
In order to qualify for the program, seniors must meet certain income guidelines. The maximum annual income for a single senior is $22,311 and the maximum annual income for a couple is $30,044. Seniors must also provide proof of age and residency.
Once approved, seniors will receive a Benefit Card that can be used at participating farmers’ markets. The card can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at a discounted rate. The discount varies depending on the market, but typically ranges from 10 to 20 percent.
The Benefit Card for Farmers’ Markets program is a great way for seniors to access fresh, healthy foods at an affordable price. It is also a great way to support local farmers and the local economy. Eligible seniors should take advantage of this program and apply for a Benefit Card today.