Seniors can get $50 vouchers to get contemporary fruit and greens from farmers’ markets throughout the state.

CAMDEN, S.C. — The price of meals continues to extend, however due to a Division of Social Companies (DSS) program, eligible seniors are capable of stand up to $50 in fruit and veggies over the summer season. 

“It’s going to make an actual distinction I consider,” mentioned participant Sandi Doyle. 

Doyle is participating within the DSS Farmers Market Diet Program, which gives entry to contemporary, nutritious fruit and veggies from native farmer’s markets. 

This system has grown lately, and all 46 counties within the state are taking part. 

Connelly-Anne Ragley with the Division of Social Companies says it’s a rise in cash per particular person from $25 to $50. 

“It permits qualifying senior residents $50 price of coupons and vouchers statewide,” Ragley mentioned. “They arrive within the form of checks, with 5 $10 greenback checks they will use and redeem from June 1st to September thirtieth. Its a rise from final 12 months. When you do take part, please redeem them … if we wish to proceed to obtain the best quantity of funding it must be spent.” 

The rise will make Doyle’s life just a little bit simpler. 

“For me, it makes a distinction,” Doyle mentioned. “$25 carry over the summer season, however $50, be frank with you, it allows me to share, and if there’s greater than I can use, I can can it, freeze it or put it up.”

Those that qualify should be South Carolina residents who’re no less than 60 years previous, and whose revenue doesn’t exceed 185% of the federal poverty revenue restrict.

“I hope this permits individuals to get on the market, get their vouchers and contemporary meals,” Doyle provides. 

Purposes are being accepted now, however solely in particular person at senior-serving organizations in each county, no functions are on-line.

You need to deliver an ID to use, if accepted you obtain your voucher on the identical day.