As part of a national initiative, Milestones Area Agency on Aging will again be distributing vouchers to low- and moderate-income Iowans age 60 and over for use at local farmers’ markets. Distribution will again take place at various Milestones Senior Meal Centers, senior housing and other locations. Distribution at the three main offices will begin as follows: Davenport-June 14, Ottumwa-June 14 and Burlington-June 12. A complete listing of locations, dates and times are listed below by county or by calling 1-855-410-6222.
Qualifying applicants must live in Iowa and be age 60 or older on the date of application. Milestones is the distribution agency for seniors living in Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne counties in the total service area. Note: disabled individuals under age 60 are not eligible through this program.
Annual income requirements are $22,311 or below for a single person and $30,044 or below for a married couple. Both husbands and wives may receive checks. Recipients sign a statement of eligibility with their name, address, phone number and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
Recipients are awarded 10-$3 checks valued at $30 to be used June through October for fresh, unprepared, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey at participating farmers market vendors. Checks cannot be used for baked goods, eggs, jelly, meat, etc. Recipients are instructed to look for the vendor stall sign that says, “Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks and WIC Cash Value Vouchers Welcome Here” as an indication that the vendor is certified to accept the vouchers.