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Senior Citizen Voucher program for Tuscaloosa farmers markets

A bunch of vegetables.
A bunch of vegetables.(WLUC)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:20 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Some senior citizens who shop at the farmers market at Tuscaloosa’s River Market and pop-up farmers markets around the city could save money through a voucher program.

“The program is so popular with seniors. They call the office and they’re asking for help to get on the computer to do the registration,” according to Alexis Clark, the city venues operations manager for the city of Tuscaloosa.

The vouchers are worth $30 in checks that can be paid directly to farmers at the farmers markets.

They can only be used to buy fruits and vegetables.

“The farmers that are participating in the program have a placard in front of their stand that is white with green letters on it to indicate they’re participating in the program,” Clark continued.

You must be 60 or older and earn less than $1,756 a month to qualify if you’re single.

A family of two that’s 60 cannot earn more than $,2371 to qualify for the program.

“The accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables is so important to senior citizens especially. Just because of the health benefits associated with it. The income levels, they get tight when they get older and you’re on a fixed income. So, to have the voucher program available to them is such a benefit,” she added.

You can only sign up for this voucher program by going to http://fma.alabama.gov

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