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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Senior Citizens Encouraged to Apply to Receive Checks to Buy Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Honey at Farmers Markets in Lyon County


Emporia, Kansas--Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase an array of healthy foods at farmers markets throughout the state.

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers markets June 1 through Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.

To be eligible to receive KSFMNP checks, the following criteria must be met:

1. Age: A senior must be 60 years old or older on the day the money is issued.

2. Income level: A senior’s annual gross household income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of one must have an annual gross income at or below $21,978 or a monthly gross income at or below $1,832.

Applications for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program will be available starting on June 8th at 5:00 pm at the ECKAN table at the Emporia Farmers Market, in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant Street. Seniors may apply on-site Wednesdays thereafter at 5:00 pm at the ECKAN table at the Emporia Farmers Market until all of the checks are gone.

Funds are limited and benefits will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call Lyon County ECKAN at (620) 342-4607.

Eligible foods to purchase with the KSFMNP checks from authorized farmers at participating farmers markets are defined as “fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, locally produced honey and herbs for human consumption that are produced in Kansas under normal growing conditions.”

The Senior Farmers’ Market Program is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The program is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), which is collaborating with local partners to identify and distribute checks to eligible seniors.

The program is currently available in the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison,
Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Clay, Cloud, Cowley, Cherokee, Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas, Finney, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson,
Labette, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery,
Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee,
Washington and Wyandotte.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Vendor: Handy Helsels

Year Began Selling with EFM: 2016

Detailed Product Listing: Pasture-raised chicken and duck eggs, no antibiotics or hormones

Cookies, pies & cakes, hand crafted furniture from reclaimed lumber, cards and paper crafts, florals, aprons, blankets and other handmade sewing items.

Chickens and ducks are primarily free range. Many baked goods use whole grain flours and all use our farm fresh eggs. Items from our garden have only natural pesticides like essential oils and vinegar and no herbicides.

Greg & Monica Helsel




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