Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that $1.5 million will be distributed amongst low-income elderly New Yorkers. Part of the Senior Famers’ Marker Nutrition Program, people over the age of 60 will be provided with checkbooks worth $20 to buy fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers’ markets.
There is reportedly 100,000 booklets that include five $4 checks.
“By providing low-income seniors with the means to purchase fresh, homegrown food, we are empowering thousands of New Yorkers to lead healthier lives while also supporting local farmers’ markets across the state,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am proud to join our federal partners to make this program a success, and I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to explore a farmers’ market near them this summer.”
Those 60 and over single New Yorkers who make $1,800 or less each month and couples who make $2,426 or less qualify for the checks. Recipients must beet this requirement or confirm that they are eligible or are currently receiving supplemental security income, public assistance, section 8 housing, and cannot receive the check from a previous location.
The checks can be picked up at NYC Department for the Aging congregate meal sites and State Department of Health Commodity Supplemental Food Programs.
Upstate New Yorkers will be able to pick theirs up at Area Agencies on Aging in their county.
“A healthy diet consisting of New York grown fresh fruits and vegetables is paramount to one’s health and a contributor to maintaining one’s independence,” Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging said in a statement. “The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is an important ingredient to help eligible older New Yorkers improve health outcomes, combat obesity and provide support to local farmers.”