Vital Aging of Williamsburg County, Inc. in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services will be issuing free coupons to low income individuals age 60 and older that may be used to purchase fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets.
Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons to be used at participating markets from May through October 15. The coupons will be issued on a first come first served basis until the supply is exhausted. Coupons will be issued June 20, at the Kingstree Recreation Park, Nelson Boulevard in Kingstree beginning 9 a.m. Distribution will end when all quantities are distributed.
Applications must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in Williamsburg County must be presented in order to receive the free coupons. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility.
Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors, including spouses, must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior or spouse must be presented at the time of application.
This program is called the Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and 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.
For more information, contact Social Services Director Mitzie Tisdale at (843) 354-5496.