Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors
The Choctaw Nation Senior Famers’ Market Nutrition Program is a program for low-income seniors funded by the USDA in partnership with the Choctaw Nation Health Service Program. The program serves eligible seniors in the 10 ½ counties with $50 worth of checks that can be exchanged for fresh fruits and vegetables from authorized area farmers. The requirements are low-income seniors who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines. Native Americans at least 55 years of age (Provide CDIB card as ID), Non-Native American at least 60 years of age residing in a Native American household (ID required), Disabled persons under 60 years of age but at least 55 years of age living in housing for the elderly with congregate nutritional services (Proof of SSI).
Local growers typically bring their produce on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. to Choctaw Nation Community Centers or senior buildings in Durant, Atoka, Hugo, McAlester, Stigler, Broken Bow and Idabel.
The farmer’s markets are open from 9 a.m. until noon unless produce sells out. Items found at the market outside of the Durant Community Center included tomatoes, cabbage, varieties of squash, garlic, onions, blackberries, potatoes and more.
The menu will change with the seasons. The markets are supported by the Choctaw Nation Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Choctaw elders are reminded that applications are available for produce vouchers at local community centers or you may download below.
580-924-8280 ext. 2303