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Coupon checks available for farmers markets

June 16, 2003

The Washington County Commission on Aging Senior Nutrition Services Program will distribute Farmers' Market Coupon Checks Thursday at the three Hagerstown senior sites - Alexander House, Potomac Towers and Walnut Towers - and at the four county sites upon request.

The coupon checks are free for seniors older than 60 based on need. The coupons may be used to receive fresh fruits and vegetables.

Seniors applying for the coupons must show proof of age, and may use a driver's license, birth certificate or other identification that has name, address and date of birth.

Homebound seniors may, through the program, designate someone to sign the coupon checks and shop. Proof of age is required through that program as well.

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One senior per household will be eligible on a need basis to receive eight free coupon checks with a total value of $24 valid through Nov. 30. These checks can be used at two locations: The Farmers' Market at Prime Outlets off Sharpsburg Pike and the City Market behind the old YMCA Building in Hagerstown. The coupon checks are for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables only.

For information, call 301-790-0275, ext. 206 or ext. 207. The coupon checks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining coupons after the Thursday distribution will be made available Thursday, June 26.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the Maryland Department of Aging and the local Commission on Aging/Area Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Services Program.

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