DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) returns this summer with the goals of supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and supporting South Carolina's small farmers.

The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals 60 and older to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs from now through Oct. 15.

Participants receive $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized locations. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The vouchers will be issued at these locations:

>> Robert L. Grooms Building, 528 Cartersville Road, Lamar, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

>> Society Hill Community Center, 223 Hall St., Society Hill, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

>> Darlington High School Cafeteria, 525 Spring St., Darlington 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 12.

>> T.B. Thomas Center, 701 W. Washington St., Hartsville 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 12.

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.

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors 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 must be presented at the time of application.

Now in 42 counties, the program began as a pilot program in six counties. The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and county Agencies on Aging.

For more information, contact Seandra Kelly at 803-898-1760 or Seandra.Kelly@dss.sc.gov.

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