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Farm market coupons available for Niagara seniors

LOCKPORT – Coupon booklets are available for low-income Niagara County senior citizens to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other products at local farmers markets, State Sen. Robert G. Ortt announced Thursday.

The Farm-to-Senior Initiative, funded by $2 million in this year’s state budget, provides $20 worth of coupons in booklets that can be used only at open-air markets throughout the state. Eligible seniors must be 60 years of age or older with monthly incomes of $1,815 or less for an individual, or $2,456 or less for a couple.

Booklets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and are available at the Niagara County Office for the Aging, 111 Main St., Lockport.

Office for the Aging Director Kenneth M. Genewick said, “While this program encourages seniors to eat locally grown fruits and vegetables at a farmers’ market in their neighborhood, it also allows them to meet and mingle with other community members. In addition, the Farm-to-Seniors Initiative aims to increase the number of seniors regularly buying and eating farm-fresh produce, after studies showed only one in three seniors actually do.”