Mayor Spano Announces Yonkers Office for the Aging to Distribute Coupons to Seniors for Local Farmers Markets
YONKERS, NY – July 8, 2019– Mayor Mike Spano today announced the Yonkers Office for the Aging will distribute farmers market coupons to qualified Yonkers seniors. The coupons will be available at the Office for the Aging Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 from 10AM to 12PM and from 1PM to 3PM at the Chema Community Center, 435 Riverdale Ave.
The coupons are available to qualified applicants 60 years or older and who are currently receiving or eligible to receive SSI, public assistance, food stamps, Section 8 housing subsidy or have a monthly income of $1,926 per month or less for a one person household; $2,607 per month or less for a two person household and $3,289 per month or less for a three person household. Yonkers seniors must bring photo ID and proof of age. There is a limited supply, allowing for only one booklet per household. Yonkers seniors are able to use the coupons at the farmers markets located throughout the area, including at St. John’s Farmers Market in downtown Yonkers.
“We encourage our seniors to make use of this money-saving service that will entice our residents to get out and shop, contribute to our local farms, while enjoying the benefits of fresh, homegrown produce and products,” said Mayor Spano.
The markets give Yonkers residents the opportunity to buy New York farm grown products directly from the farmers, something that is especially important in lower-income and underserved areas.
The Senior Farmers Market Program is funded through the Food and Nutrition Service division of the United States Department of Agriculture and Markets in cooperation with the NY State Office for the Aging, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.