Counties help seniors save at farmers marts

For the low-income seniors who obtain a $30 coupon to use at area farmers markets, it's not just about the fresh vegetables, fruit and honey.

"There's a also a social factor," said Monica Cissell, housing and community service director for Sedgwick County's Department on Aging. "It's a great place to get out and meet people."

The coupons are available to use at participating farmers markets in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties through Oct. 15.

Only 850 of the coupons are available, and they are expected to go quickly, Cissell said.

To qualify, a senior must be at least 60 years old and have an annual individual income of no more than $20,147.

Applications may be made at the counties' department of aging:

* Sedgwick County, 2622 W. Central, Suite 500

* Butler County, 510 E. Augusta, Augusta

* Harvey County Courthouse, 800 N. Main, Newton.

Applications will also be taken at the following senior centers: in Wichita, La Familia, 841 W. 21st St.; Linwood, 1901 S. Kansas; Oaklawn, 2937 Oaklawn Drive; and Orchard Park, 4808 W. Ninth St.; in Derby, 611 N. Mulberry; in Haysville, 160 E. Karla Ave.; in Maize, 602 Khedive; in Mulvane, 507 N. First; in Park City, 6100 N. Hydraulic; and in Valley Center, 316 E. Clay.

There are four participating farmers markets in Wichita — Sedgwick County Extension Center, Old Town, Delano and GreenAcres Market. The market for Butler County is in Andover, and the one for Harvey County is in Newton.

Funding for the coupons is through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

For more information, call 316-660-5120cq or go to www.sedgwickcounty.org.cq