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Produce Bundle free to Low-Income Seniors

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on November 14, 2019

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is introducing the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Produce Bundle (SFMNP) to Hernando County Seniors who meet the income eligibility requirements for food assistance this USDA program.  Maximum income limits can be found at www.http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml

SFMNP is a food assistance program that provides a one-time benefit to low-income seniors (60+) to increase their access to fresh Florida produce.  The program was introduced to Hernando County in the spring of 2019 as a voucher system in partnership with The Enrichment Centers. 

A “$40 Produce Bundle” is available to low-income Seniors who were unable to participate in the spring voucher program.

The Hernando County Growers Association will be assisting The Enrichment Centers in offering this opportunity to low income Seniors who are Hernando County residents. 

Local Farms to Provide Vegetables to Low-Income Seniors

Local farms will be on hand at Bud McKethan Park on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20 from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, Florida. 

Public transportation is available via The Bus, Purple route, stop PS-70 (in front of Wendy’s and just south of the park on the same side of Broad Street).

The Enrichment Centers is a non-profit program serving adults in our community for 26 years.  The Enrichment Centers are dedicated to helping people live a healthier, more fulfilling life. With health education, social and leisure activities, support groups and more, they are a resource for healthy, active living.

Hernando County Growers Association

The Hernando County Growers Association (HCGA) is a non-profit agriculture cooperative of local farms and agriculture producers and operates the Brooksville Farmers Market every Sunday at 615 Old Hospital Drive in Brooksville, Florida, from 9:00 A.M. till 3:00 P.M. 

The Brooksville Farmers Market offers fresh local produce from growers throughout central Florida and hosts the Feeding Florida “Fresh Access Bucks” program which matches SNAP dollars up to $40 per market day. 

For more information about the Brooksville Farmers Market or the Hernando County Growers Association, visit www.HernandoGrowers.org, www.Facebook.com/HernandoGrowers or contact Michael DeFelice at 727-422-3360.

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