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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program aims to give back to the community

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is working to provide seniors with healthier alternatives in their food choices as well as help local farmers with their businesses.

The market on Saturday offered locally grown produce and meats from local farmers and vendors from the Stevens Point area.

Seniors over the age of 60 with a certain household income are qualified to receive vouchers to use when making purchases at approved farmers markets and road stands.

“It gives them the opportunity to eat more fruits and vegetables,” Kristi Cooley, Aging and Disability Resource Center Nutrition Program Manager said. “It gives them the opportunity to know about local foods and meet their farmers, and it produces and gives economy back to our local farmers as well.”

She also said there’s a current crisis with farmers and their crops, so by purchasing from local farmers not only are you helping them but the money goes back into the local economy in Stevens Point as well.

To see if you’re eligible or if you have any other questions regarding the program you can call the ADRC at 715-346-1401 or toll-free at 1-866-920-2525.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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