$40 vouchers help pay for farmers market produce

Eligible seniors can apply online for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program in Pierce County and receive vouchers to purchase produce from participating farmers markets and farm stores, beginning May 3.

Officials said more than 2,000 vouchers are available, each valued at $40. They can be used for fresh, locally grown and produced fruit, vegetables and honey. Participants must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Be a Pierce County resident over the age of 60 (or 55 for Native American/Alaska Natives).
  • Have valid government-issued identification.
  • Have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level based on household size and monthly income.

Applications and information will be available online at www.piercecountywa.gov/farmersmarket. Seniors who can’t apply online can request a mailed application by calling Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, which coordinates the program locally, at 253-798-4600. Registration will continue until all vouchers are claimed.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Washington.