Coupons for farmers' market food available for low-income Baltimore seniors

Coupon books good for $30 in food purchases at any Maryland farmers' market are available to Baltimore seniors in low-income households.

The books are available on a first-come, first-served basis at city senior centers through July 10, said Arnold Eppel, director of the city's Office of Aging and Care Services.

To qualify for the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, an individual must be at least 60 years old, a Baltimore resident and meet income requirements. The cap for households with one individual is $21,000. For two incomes, it's $29,000.

Eppel said the coupons, valid through Nov. 31, are good for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey.

"People look forward to getting these," he said. "Food is expensive, so this helps a lot of families."

More than 4,300 coupon books will be distributed in the city. Depending on availability, Baltimore might receive additional books later in the year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Eppel urged seniors to take the coupons only if they plan to use them, because the amount the city can receive next year is contingent on the number used this year. Seniors also can get free meals daily at the centers, he said. Distribution times and locations are as follows:

•Allen Senior Center, 1404 S. Charles St., 10 a.m. to noon, July 7.

•Forest Park, 4801 Liberty Heights Ave., 9 a.m. to noon, July 8.

•Harford, 4920 Harford Road, 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 8.

•Hatton, 2825 Fait Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 9.

•John Booth, 2601-A Baltimore St., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., July 9.

•Myerberg, 3101 Fallstaff Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 8.

•Oliver, 1700 N. Gay St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 8.

•Sandtown, 1601 Baker St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 7 and July 9.

•Senior Network of North Baltimore, 5828 York Road, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., July 7 and July 9.

•Waxter, 1000 Cathedral St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 8 and July 9.

•Zeta, 4501 Reisterstown Road, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., July 9.

The city's Action in Maturity mobile senior center is also distributing the books through July 10.

For details, call 410-396-4932.

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