Manchester senior citizens are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Coupon Program, hosted by SeniorCare, Inc. and the Manchester Council on Aging (COA). This program is designed to provide an opportunity for older adults to shop at farmers’ markets in the area, support local farmers, and eat more locally-grown fresh vegetables and fruits while enjoying their health benefits and delicious flavors.

Income-eligible seniors will receive $25 in coupons that can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and unprocessed honey at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market is held on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Parking is free.

Coupons are available now at the COA office in Town Hall. Coupons are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify for this program: you must be at least 60 years of age, have a monthly income at or below $1,926 for a one-person household or $2,607 for a two-person household, or participate in at least one of the following means-tested programs: food stamps/SNAP, fuel assistance/low-income home energy assistance, MassHealth, Medicaid, transitional assistance, or emergency aid.   

The COA is planning a trip to the Gloucester Boulevard and then to the Gloucester Farmers’ Market at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 15. For more information, please contact the Council on Aging office.