Seniors can get help for farmers market purchases

Shawano County residents 60 and older (or Native Americans 55 and older) who meet income requirements are eligible for financial help to purchase items at local farmers markets.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offers these seniors the opportunity to buy fruits, vegetable and herbs from certified farmers.

To qualify, seniors must have a monthly income of $2,322 or less for one person or $3,152 or less for two.

Enrolled seniors will receive vouchers of $45 per household to be used at farmers markets or road stands. A list of approved markets or roadside stands will be provided.

Vouchers must be used by Oct. 31.

The distribution sites are as follows:

• June 10, 9-10 a.m., Elizabeth Manor, 951 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano; 10:30-11:30 a.m., Parkside Apartments, 725 S. Main St., Shawano; 1-2 p.m., Waterview Apartments, 325 E. Fifth St., Shawano; 2:30-3:30 p.m., Oak Ridge Apartments, 504 Oak Drive, Shawano.

• June 11: 3-4 p.m., Hillside Apartments, 100 N. Washington St., Bonduel.

• June 13: 9-10 a.m., Tigerton Riverview Apartments, 124 Spaulding St., Tigerton; noon to 2 p.m., Tigerton Community Center, 221 Birch St., Tigerton.

• June 14: 2-3 p.m., Shawano County Human Services, W7327 Anderson Ave., Shawano.

• June 19: 9-11:30 a.m., Wittenberg Senior Center, 208 W. Vinal St., Wittenberg; 1-2 p.m. Maple View Apartments, 434 Main St., Birnamwood.

• June 21: 9:30-11 a.m., Stockbridge-Munsee Elderly Center, N8651 Maplewood St., Bowler; 1-2:30 p.m., Towerview Apartments, 1100 Park St., Gresham.

Vouchers will also be available at the Wittenberg Senior Center or and the Shawano County Aging Unit, W7327 Anderson Ave., Shawano, after the distribution is done, if any are still available.

The number of vouchers is limited and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Call 715-253-2421 in Wittenberg or 715-526-4686 in Shawano for availability.

Applicants may be required to provide proof of age and household income.

For information, call Heidi Russell at the Shawano County Aging Unit at 715-526-4686 or 866-526-2130.