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Clark County now distributing senior farmer’s market vouchers

The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program helps seniors to access fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits, herbs, and vegetables. The vouchers will be available starting June 15. Clark County households in which the total income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline, and in which an individual age 60 or older or Native American age 55 or older resides are eligible to receive the vouchers. To qualify, your income must be at or below: Household size Monthly income Annual income 1 $1,968 $23,606 2 $2,658 $31,894 3 $3,349 $40,182 For each additional household member, add $691 monthly/$8,288 year.

There will be strict guidelines for distribution of the Farmer’s Market Vouchers. These guidelines were approved by the COVID-19 Crisis Team.

The county will have restricted distribution sites with “Safety First Protocols” in place. The distribution sites will have limited or restricted access. For example, at the housing complexes, only residents of that housing units can complete the application in the building. For people residing in the community, we will make arrangements to meet you in the community parking lot or gazebo outside the facility. You can call the ADRC phone number to have a worker come out to complete the application with you.

We need your cooperation to facilitate a smooth distribution of vouchers. If you did not apply for energy assistance since fall, 2019 or Homestead Credit (2019) we can complete those applications if you bring verification of your income.

When you apply, you will receive a list of Farmer’s Markets and farm stands in Clark County and the surrounding areas as well as nutrition education materials.

Guidelines for distribution sites: -- Smaller, accessible distributions sites with a seperate entrance and exit if possible. If in a housing complex, only residents can be in the building. Community residents, meet in a designated area.

-- Social Distancing (six feet) -- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands or use hand sanitizer -- You are encouraged to wear a mask -- We will regularily clean high-touch surfaces -- No hand shaking -- Be in good health Voucher distribution schedule: More to be added in the future -- June 18 : Morgan Plaza, Thorp: Residents only, 9:45 a.m.; Thorp Senior Center, 116 N. Washington St. by gazabo, approximately 11:30 a.m.

-- June 23: Colby (Clark County residents only) 10:30 a.m. 303 Lieders St.; park in back parking lot-stay in vehicle, we will come to you -- June 24: Owen Senior Center, 112 E. 5th St. (street) 10:30 a.m. Watch for posted directions.

-- June 24: Loyal Thomas Apartments, 402 N. Thomas St. Noon (apartment residents only) Loyal Hometown Village Apartments, approx. 12:45 p.m., 500 N. Division St.; (apartment residents only) Loyal: Will complete community members by picnic table outside Hometown Village Apartments (one customer at a time) -- June 25: Greenwood: Black River Apts., 312 N. Reese St., 11 a.m., Apartment residents only. Will meet community members in the parking lot -- June 30: Abbotsford: Valley Crest apartments 10:00 a.m., (apartment residents only) Green Vista Apartments: 310 E. Pine St., 11:30 a.m.

Community members in the parking lot.

If you are picking up vouchers for someone else, we must have a signed sheet from the customer authorizing you to pick up their vouchers for them. The person requesting an authorized representative must include a note with their name, address, phone number, birthdates of all household members, and household income.