The St. Francois County Health Coalition’s Farmer’s Market Voucher Program provides adults age 50 and older with vouchers for up to $20 worth of free produce at the Farmington Farmers Market beginning in the 2019 season. The Coalition hopes that bringing this program to St. Francois County will help decrease the high rate of obesity and diabetes in our area.
There are many health benefits to eating fruits and vegetables, but sometimes access to affordable healthy food is difficult. In fact, over half of St. Francois County is living in what is considered a food desert, meaning that those types of foods are not readily available. The Coalition hopes the voucher program can help make fresh produce accessible to more people while also supporting our local farmers.
The program is funded primarily through sponsorships from local businesses or organizations. Different levels of sponsorship are available ranging from $25-$500.
The sponsors are recognized in a calendar for sale at the St. Francois County Health Center, St. Francois County Community Partnership, East Missouri Action Agency, ODACS, and Unico bank for $2 apiece. They contain recipes and tips about what fruits and vegetables are in season during different months, as well as coupons for the Farmington Farmers Market.
Farmington Farmers Market season runs from April to the end of October. People can contact the St. Francois County Health Center starting in March to receive vouchers, which will be given out while supplies last. For more information on the voucher program contact Breanna Griffin at the St. Francois County Health Center by phone (573) 431-1947 ext. 151
If you are interested in sponsoring the Farmer’s Market Voucher Program download and complete the sponsorship form HERE