Senior farmers' markets to begin in June

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is coming back to Hampton County. The goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and to support South Carolina's small farmers.

The program allows low income senior citizens -- age 60 and older -- to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs. This year, the program that serves about 25,000 senior South Carolinians will be available in 41 counties in South Carolina between May and October 15.

Participants are awarded $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized farmers’ markets and stands. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and county Agencies on Aging.

The vouchers will be issued:

 Hampton Senior Center 108 Pine St., Hampton June 5-9: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Yemassee Senior Center 4 Orrell St., Yemassee June 5-8: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 Estill Senior Center 791 E. Fifth St., Estill June 5-8: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Eligibility Process

1. Attend a distribution event

2. Complete the application

3. Provide proof of identity and residence in the county

4. Self-declare amount of household income

5. If eligible, participants receive the $25 benefit

Notes

 Checks are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and while supplies last

 $25 Benefit – (5) $5 checks per participant

 October 15 – participant’s last day to use the check