SCHENECTADY — Eligible seniors can receive a booklet of $25 worth of coupons on Thursday at the Schenectady Farmers Market. The coupons, distributed annually by the Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services, are for fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, herbs and other items at participating farmers markets in New York state.
A representative from the county Office of the Aging will be handing out the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets from 10 a.m. to noon at the farmers market on Jay Street.
Eligible seniors must be residents of Schenectady County, at least 60 years old and be receiving benefits through Supplemental Security Income, public assistance or Section 8 housing or earn less than $2,096 per month for a single senior, $2,823 for a couple, or $3,551 for a three-member household. Staff will be available to answer questions on eligibility for the coupons.
“The organization I work for serves people with disabilities, so this is a great opportunity to get people out in the community at locations they may not normally shop for their food. But it’s also a good opportunity to support and highlight local businesses,” said Valentina Sherlock, a horticulture assistant at Schenectady ARC. “The coupons also provide discounts on healthy food at a time when food is really expensive – it’s something people can appreciate, especially now.”
Each week, the market also hosts New York State Fellowship Corps (NYSPHC) and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) nutrition educators, who lead various programs, including lead prevention; recycling/composting education; rabies prevention; nutrition; women, infants and children education; COVID-19 response; sexually transmitted infections outreach; and emergency preparedness.
Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.