Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has received a partial supply of Senior farmer's market coupons. Seniors who wish to apply need to come in person to one of the following distributions and be prepared to show proof of age.
Dunkirk - Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk on Thursday, July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. or until books are gone.
Jamestown - The Renaissance Center Building, 19 W. 3rd St., right next to the farmer's market, on Friday, July 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or until books are gone.
In order to qualify for the program, seniors age 60 and up must meet the following criteria:
monthly income of at or below $1,722 for a single person household;
monthly income of at or below $2,333 for a two person household; or
monthly income of at or below $2,943 for a three person household.
Coupon books are worth $20 with five coupons worth $4 each in each booklet. Coupons are accepted at designated locally at the Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown and Westfield Farmer's Markets. Addresses and times for these markets will be dispersed with the coupons. Only one coupon is allowed per household and proof of age must be brought to receive coupons.
Proxy forms are no longer available. Farmer's market coupons must be picked up in person according to funding regulations.
Regular food stamps may also be used at many farmer's markets as well. Anyone who thinks they may be eligible for food stamps should call NY Connects at 753-4582.