(Dodge County) The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County will again be offering farmers market vouchers to low income senior citizens living within the county. Caitlin Richardson, a FoodWise Coordinator for Columbia, Sauk, and Dodge counties, spoke with our own Kevin Haugen on Community Comment with information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
Richardson says, the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a federally funded project to provide low income seniors with vouchers they can use at Farmers markets, community supported agriculture programs, or even at roadside stands.
50 out of Wisconsin’s 72 counties are participating in the program with each receiving a limited number of vouchers. The ADRC has scheduled times to distribute Dodge Counties 269 total vouchers. These will be available on a first come first serve basis with a limited quantity being distributed at each location:
Monday June 18th Mayville Senior Center in Mayville, 10am till 11am
Monday June 18th Dodge County Admin Building in Juneau, 1:30pm till 2:30pm
Tuesday June 19th Veterans Center in Beaver Dam, 1:30pm till 3pm
Thursday June 21st Watertown Parkhill Apartments in Watertown, 1:30pm till 2:30pm
Richardson stated each eligible household will receive $25 in vouchers as part of the program. The purpose of which is to provide fresh nutrious locally grown produce and herbs from produce markets to help seniors stretch food dollars, to encourage the consumption of fresh produce, and to help support community economies.
Proxies can pick up the vouchers for those unable to attend but must have a signed letter from the senior containing their address, phone number, and date of birth. Vouchers are good for 2018 and are valid June thru October 31st. Richardson advised seniors to spend the vouchers within the community to help bolster the local economy and to look for vendors with yellow signs who are participating in the program. Those with questions can reach out to the ADRC of Dodge County at 800-924-6407.