Westbury seniors to receive free produce

July 18, 2013 by  

A program from the federal government is helping Westbury senior citizens who have a low income receive fresh produce free of charge, thus addressing the concern that some people among this group cannot afford the fruit and vegetables they need to enjoy a healthy diet.

As of July 15, seniors who meet income requirements have been able to receive $20 in vouchers to use at Farmers Markets in Nassau County. Participating markets include the New Cassel Farmers’ Market, which takes place at the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Other markets include the Great Neck Farmers Market, held in the parking lot of 125 Community Drive, the NHP Farmers’ Market which takes place in the municipal parking lot across the street from Village Hall, and the North Hills Farmers’ Market, held in Christopher Morley Park.

The $20 comes in the form of a coupon book with $4 coupons contained in it. Funding for the program is from the federal government, but the program is administered by the state of the New York. Last year, producers and farmers redeemed $2.6m in coupons from the Farmers Market Nutrition Program in New York. To promote the program, Nassau County can use brochure printers to create a document explaining who can use the vouchers and the markets that accept them.

To find out if they are eligible to receive a coupon book, people can call the Nassau County Office for the Aging at 516-227-8919.