Schenectady County’s Department of Senior & Long Term Care Services is now offering $20 in coupons, to low-income Schenectady County residents 60 years of age or older, to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets in New York State.
Booklets are available now, while supplies last. Each senior in an eligible household may receive one booklet per program year. A list of participating farmers’ markets is available at https://agriculture.ny.gov/farmers-markets-county?county=Schenectady. The market must indicate that FMNP is accepted.
“Farmers’ markets are in full swing and these coupon booklets can help our seniors, who are often on a fixed budget, purchase locally grown fresh fruits and veggies,” said Schenectady County Legislator Sara Mae Pratt, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Health & Human Services. “This is a win-win for our seniors and local farmers, who sell their products at the Schenectady Greenmarket and Schenectady Farmers Market. If you think you qualify, call our Department of Senior & Long Term Care Services to request a coupon booklet.”
To qualify, you must be 60 years of age or older, reside in Schenectady County, and:
- Have a monthly income at or below
- $1,986/month for a 1-person household, or
- $2,686/month for a 2-person household, or
- $3,386 for a 3-person household, AND
- Have not received Farmers’ Market Coupons from any other location this year.
To request a coupon booklet, call Senior Services Coordinator Kathleen Albert at (518) 382-8481 ext. 9304. Booklets can be picked up at the S<C office or mailed to you. Call before coming into the office. If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you are not required to wear a mask, if you are not fully vaccinated you must wear a mask.
Additional information about the Schenectady County’s Senior & Long Term Care Services is available at www.schenectadycounty.com/SLTC.