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Florence County seniors can get vouchers for produce

May 22, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County senior citizens will have a shot at $25 worth of fresh produce under a program administered by the Senior Citizens Association of Florence County in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

People 60 years old and older can get $25 worth of coupons that can be used at participating farmers’ markets from May through Oct. 15 to purchase fresh produce, according to the association. The coupons will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The coupons will be issued at:

Leatherman Senior Center, 600 Senior Way, Florence, beginning at 9 a.m. June 10.Lake City Senior Center, 198 N. Acline St., Lake City, beginning at 9 a.m. June 11.Baker Memorial Public Library, 298 W. Smith St., Timmonsville, beginning at 9 a.m. June 12.Johnsonville Nutrition and Activity Site, 304 S. Hampton St., Johnsonville, beginning at 9 a.m. June 12.Dr. John M. Thomason Public Library, 210 E. Hampton St., Olanta, beginning at 9 a.m. June 13.Pamplico Public Library 100 E. Main St., Pamplico, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13.

Applications must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in Florence County is required in order to receive the free coupons. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility.

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for homebound senior must be presented at the time of application.

This program is called the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and the goals of the program are to supplement the diets or low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and to support South Carolina’s small farmers.

For more information, Contact Senior Citizens Association at 843-669-6761 or toll free at 1-877-856-5529.

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