Submitted by Southeastern Vermont Community Action
Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) still has Vermont Farm to Family Program coupons available to be distributed to income eligible senior citizens (aged 60 and over) in Windham and Windsor counties.
Each eligible household that has not already received them can get $30 in coupons to be redeemed like cash for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at over 50 participating Farmers Markets while they are still available. The coupons are limited and issued on a first come, first served basis.
The goal of the program is to encourage healthy dietary alternatives that include locally-grown produce. Low-income families and individuals often have to forgo the option of fresh, nutritious foods due to lack of affordability when budgeting for groceries.
The program touts the additional benefit of returning dollars to local farmers. Every coupon spent puts $3 into the pocket of a local produce grower.
Eligibility for the coupons depends on household income and size; e.g., $1,670 per month for 1, $2,247 for a couple, or $3,400 for 4 people in a household. The coupons must be redeemed before October 31, so seniors are encouraged not to miss out on this limited opportunity. Seniors interested in applying should contact SEVCA office at 722-4575 (or toll free at 1-800-464-9951) for an appointment.
SEVCA also encourages local households to apply for 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamps), Vermont's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - a nutrition program designed to help people stay healthy by allowing households to spend more money on healthy, nutritious food.
3SquaresVT can help you make ends meet - especially in this challenging economy.
The program can help to stretch your food budget and put three square meals a day on the table, at the same time freeing up money for other living expenses.
If you are eligible for 3SquaresVT, your children will also be eligible for free school lunches. If you are elderly or disabled, special rules make it easier to qualify. If you are an eligible senior, you can get your benefit directly deposited as cash right into your bank account.
Call Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) at (800) 464-9951 and ask for a 3SquaresVT application or set up an appointment for help filling out an application.
SEVCA is a non-profit organization designated by state and federal officials to address the full range of needs of low-income residents of Windham and Windsor counties.
SEVCA's Family Services Program provides help for families and individuals in crisis through programs that offer financial assistance, case management, service linkage, and advocacy to low-income households facing lack of food, heat, eviction, foreclosure, illness, vehicle breakdown, and other emergencies.