Beginning today, eligible senior citizens may sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers at the Cherokee Community Center, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Seniors are encouraged to go to the parking area outside the
lower level of the Community Center and go up the ramp inside
to meet with Marcella Nelson and apply for the vouchers.
Eligible senior citizens must bring identification with them to prove their eligibility for the vouchers (also called coupons or checks) and must be at least 60 years old at the time they apply for the coupons.
Applicants for coupons may bring along a copy of their income tax form from the most recent year and that will be accepted as proof they are eligible for the coupons.
The coupons may be used in place of cash to purchase fruits and vegetables from a certified vendor at the Cherokee Area Farmers Market (CAFM). A certified vendor is one who has completed training offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
A certified vendor will have a colorful sign from IDALS showing that the vendor completed the training and is eligible to accept FMNP coupons as payment for fruits and vegetables.
The CAFM is held under the canopy at the Cherokee Depot each Thursday, June through September, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Senior FMNP is designed to promote healthy eating habits through the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program encourages Iowa's seniors to purchase directly from the farmer and to support the local farmers who participate in the program.
Persons with questions about the Senior FMNP Coupons may call
Marcella Nelson at 225-5326.
Persons with questions about the CAFM may call Jim Adamson at 229-9502.