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Coupons now available to buy local food

WATERBURY — Starting on July 2, about $143,000 in coupons will be available to help eligible Vermonters buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets. Coupons are issued on a first come, first served basis and may be used at any of the 52 markets enrolled in the program this summer.
Families enrolled in the Vermont Department of Health’s WIC Program can apply at special Farm to Family sessions held in your district. Get the program schedule in the June WIC newsletter or by calling your local health office. If you need the phone number of your local office, call 800-649-4357.
Vermont households with incomes at or below 185 percent  of the federal poverty limit can apply at your local community action agency. Dial 2-1-1 if you need the phone number of your local agency. Current income limits are $1,872 a month for a single person, $2,538 for a couple, $3,204 for a family of three, $3,870 for a family of four and $4,536 for a family of five.
“Farm to Family is a great way to encourage Vermonters to eat more fruits and vegetables and support local agriculture at the same time,” said Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner of the Economic Services Division in the Department for Children and Families.  “We expect over 250 produce growers to participate in the program this season. Every coupon spent puts $6 directly into the pocket of a Vermont farmer. This supports Vermont’s farm economy while putting great local foods on family dinner tables.”
To learn more, go to dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/f2f.

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