LifePath distributing farmers’ market coupons to eligible seniors

  • The Orange Farmers’ Market, pictured in the parking lot of the Orange Armory in May. LifePath is distributing 625 free farmers’ market coupon booklets worth $25 as part of a program through the state Department of Agricultural Resources that is designed to help seniors get fresh fruits and vegetables while helping local farmers sell more produce. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

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Published: 7/18/2021 4:00:23 PM

LifePath is distributing 625 free farmers’ market coupon booklets worth $25 as part of a program through the state Department of Agricultural Resources that is designed to help seniors get fresh fruits and vegetables while helping local farmers sell more produce.

To be eligible for the coupon booklets, you must be at least 60 years old and earn $23,828 or less as an individual or $32,227 or less as a couple, according to a LifePath press release. For each additional family member, add $8,399 to the income limit. You do not need to attend a senior center or participate in any other programs to be eligible.

Each booklet contains 10 coupons worth $2.50 each. No cash can be given as change, so participating seniors are advised to bring small bills and coins to pay the difference instead of using only part of the value of an additional coupon. Coupons will only be accepted by participating farmers at farmers’ markets or farm stands.

The coupons are valid through Oct. 31. Each person can only receive one coupon booklet per year to buy fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut herbs and honey. According to the release, other items for sale at the markets cannot be purchased with the coupons.

Coupon booklets are available at the following locations, dates and times:

Tuesday, July 20

■Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. — 9 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, July 21

■Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St. — 10 a.m. to noon

■Orange Senior Center, 135 East Main St. — 10 to 11:30 a.m.

■Shelburne Falls Senior Center, 7 Main St. — 2 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 5

■Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St. in Turners Falls — 10:30 a.m. to noon

■Erving Senior Center, 1 Care Drive — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

■Northfield Senior Center, 69 Main St. (within Town Hall) — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■Deerfield Town Hall, 8 Conway St. — noon to 1 pm

Tuesday, Aug. 10

■Bernardston Senior Center, 20 Church St. — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

With questions, contact Jane Severance, LifePath’s nutrition program director, at 413-773-5555, ext. 2271 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2271, or by email at jseverance@lifepathma.org.


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