Senior Project Fresh Coupons distributed Monday, Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH in Michigan provides qualified older adults with free coupons for unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

Coupons will be distributed in Dickinson and Iron counties at the following location, dates and times: Crystal Falls Senior Center, Monday at 11 a.m., at 1 p.m.; Breen Senior Center, Tuesday at 10:45 a.m., and at the Norway Senior Center, at 12:30 p.m.

To be eligible to receive free Senior Project FRESH Coupons, you must be at least 60 years of age and meet the income guidelines and live in the county where the coupons are being issued.

Your signature indicates that you have been given a copy of the current income guidelines which are as follows, not to exceed:

For one person: $21,257 until June 30 and $21,590 July 1- Sept. 30

For 2 people: $$28,694 until June 30 and $29,101 July 1-Sept. 30.

You do not have to show proof of income. Each participant must have a total household income of at or below 185 percent of poverty. If there are two adults over the age of 60 in a qualifying household and meet the income guidelines, both may get coupon books.

The income requirement is already met if they use SNAP (Bridge Card) benefits, live in subsidized housing, participate in the commodities food program, or are a PACE participant.

For Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH, income refers to any money the participant receives on a regular basis, such as salary from a job, real estate payments (rental property, land contracts) pension/annuity or social security.

Those requesting a proxy (someone else who will pick up coupons and produce for them) will have to provide a letter with their address, date of birth, phone number, how many in the household, who their proxy will be and their signature giving permission for that person to act as proxy. Coupons will be given at that time.

Applications will be completed after the participants receive the required brief nutritional presentation and coupons will be distributed at that time.

For more information call Stephanie Bruno at the Menominee County Extension office (906) 753-2209.