PITTSBURG — Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and honey at farmers’ markets in selected counties throughout the state.

According to a release from the City of Pittsburg, the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers’ markets June 1, 2019, through Nov. 1, 2019. Checks are available in $5 increments.

To be eligible to receive KSFMNP checks, the following criteria must be met:

1. Age: A senior must be 60 years old or older on the day the money is issued.

2. Income level: A senior’s annual gross household income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of one must have an annual gross income at or below $23,107 or a monthly gross income at or below $1,926.

Applications for the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will be available starting on June 3, at the Pittsburg Public Housing Authority located at 216 N. Broadway, Suite G. (All Board Center for Community Development). Seniors may apply on-site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Funds are limited and benefits will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, call the Pittsburg Public Housing Authority at 620-232-1210.

Eligible foods to purchase with the KSFMNP checks from authorized farmers at participating farmers’ markets are defined as “fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, locally produced honey and herbs for human consumption that are produced in Kansas under normal growing conditions.”

The Senior Farmers’ Market Program is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The program is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), which is collaborating with local partners to identify and distribute checks to eligible seniors.

The program is currently available in the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas, Doniphan, Ellsworth, Finney, Franklin, Geary, Harvey, Jewell, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Lincoln, Linn, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Mitchell, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Stafford, Sumner, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.