Applications currently are being accepted for the 2022 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh produce from Maui farmers markets.
Each participant will receive 10 $5 coupons, worth a total of $50, to exchange for unprocessed locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from an authorized farmer or farmers market.
The buying period runs from April 1 to Oct. 31. The program is administered on Maui Island by Maui Economic Opportunity.
To qualify, an applicant must be at least 60 years old, a resident of Maui Island and have a maximum household income of $28,916 for a single person, $38,961 for two people and $10,045 for each additional household member including children.
Seniors may use their coupons at authorized outlets, which will have a sign indicating they accept SFMNP coupons. There will be no cash change, and seniors are urged to spend as much of each $5 coupon as possible. Proxies may be designated for purchases by filling out a form.
Schedules and locations of farmers markets and outlets will be included with the coupon booklet.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2021 program assisted more than 1,300 seniors and worked with about 15 farmers and markets infusing about $65,000 into the agricultural economy.
The goal of the program is to help low-income seniors improve their health and nutrition with fresh food while also aiding local farmers.