July Newsletter

Applications are rolling in for the 2023 Washington State Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Please call or stop by our office if you’d like to sign up for the $80 benefit. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Due to the new structure of the program (moving from vouchers to benefit cards with electronic upload) we have experienced delays in our ability to process the applications as quickly as we have in previous years. For this, we apologize. We know how vital these funds are and how many people look forward to them. Looking forward, the average turnaround time will be about 15 days from receipt of application to mailing out the activated benefit card.

For anyone learning about the program for the first time, the Farmers Market Program provides $80 in benefits for low-income seniors to use at approved Farmers Markets. To qualify for participation, seniors must be age 60 or older, meet the income requirements, and be residents of Benton or Franklin Counties. Participants are required to complete a new application each year.

Applications are available. If you’d like one and haven’t yet received one, please call our office at 509-735-1911. We will happily mail an application to you. You can also pick applications up from our office. Home delivery clients can call their individual Site Managers to request to have one delivered by the volunteer drivers.

Seniors who are unable to shop for themselves can appoint a trusted friend or family member to act as a proxy to shop on their behalf. The proxy form is on the back side of the application.

Qualified seniors should legibly complete ALL parts of the  application and mail it or drop it off at our office as soon as possible after receiving the application. Benefit cards are awarded on a first-come/first-served basis. Seniors who qualify and fully complete the application will receive their card shortly after it has been processed. Applications can be mailed to the following address for processing:

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels | 1824 Fowler St. | Richland, WA 99354 | 509-735-1911 Please call our office with any questions. We are happy to help!

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