(Formerly known as Senior Project FRESH)
Region 3B Area Agency on Aging is the lead agency in Calhoun County for the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program.
Senior Project FRESH changed its name to Market FRESH in 2013. It is still the same program. Market FRESH provides older adults who qualify with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.
Market FRESH originates from US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) funding. It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. These federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors.
To qualify in Calhoun County, an older adult must be:
- 60 years of age or older
- Have a total household income of 185% of poverty or less.
- In 2012, for single person households, this meant an annual income of $20,665 or less ($1,723 per month). For two person households, the annual income could be no more than $27,991 ($2,333 per month). PLEASE NOTE: The Federal Poverty Levels charts are updated each year in January; these dollar figures may be adjusted for 2013 program year.
- Living in Calhoun County.
Eligible adults will receive a minimum of ten, $2.00 coupons that can be used as cash at authorized farmers markets and roadside stands. Local community grants may make more coupons available. Coupons can be used from June 1-October 31. They are not valid after that date. You may use the coupons to purchase unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands which have chosen to participate in the program.
How do I sign up?
Contact Region 3B Area Agency on Aging at 269-441-0973. Coupons are available on a first-come, first served basis. Persons wishing to receive the coupons must participate in registration and distribution events for the program; which are held at various countywide sites annually in late spring and early summer.
Eligible products for 2013 .pdf (will be posted when available)
Participating Calhoun County Farmers Markets and Roadside stands.pdf (will be posted when available)
Registration and distribution sites/dates/times .pdf (will be posted when available)