UPDATE: From Desiree Hikuroa
Over 100 seniors showed up at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) on Thursday, August 19 to register for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
The SFMNP is a program that offers $50 worth of vouchers to low-income seniors (over the age of 60 or over the age of 55 if deemed handicapped) that can be redeemed for eligible foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and cut herbs. These vouchers can be used at participating farmers’ markets around the island, including the Waianae Farmers’ Market.
“The program is designed to provide fresh and nutritious locally grown produce to low-income seniors and support local farmers, farmers’ markets, and community supported agriculture programs,” said Roxanne Stark, Director of Agency Affiliations for the Hawaii Foodbank.
The Hawaii Foodbank is working with the State of Hawaii and USDA to certify nearly 5000 seniors. There are only 2000 vouchers left until the program ends in October. Distributing the remaining vouchers will increase the possibility of bringing this program back next year.
The Hawaii Foodbank urges seniors who are at or below 185% of the federal poverty guideline to register for the program. The organization has several sites around the island scheduled to register new participants.
“The program is such a great benefit to seniors and there is still interest in the program for those who were unable to make it,” said Desiree Hikuroa, Director of Communications at WCCHC.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in participating in the program, please visit the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in September or call 954-7889 or visit www.hawaiifoodbank.org to download an application.
Check the flyer to see if you are eligible!
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