Low income seniors could soon have more access to local produce
COLUMBIA - The first North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market of the year took place in downtown Columbia Sunday.
The Missouri Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources okayed a bill that would allow low income seniors to have access to more local fresh fruits and vegetables.
The bill requires the Department of Social Services to apply for a federal grant to provide low-income seniors with vouchers that may be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs.
Farmers and Artisans Market Manager Angela Huntington said she thinks the vendors at her market would be in favor of accepting vouchers.
"I know we always want to be a part of anything that can increase business," Huntington said. "But more than that, I know that a lot of our vendors are concerned with the good of our community. They want to help people out."
She said some of the current customers at the Farmers and Artisans Market have lower incomes.
"I know that any program that could help people buy food that's good for them, that's going to be a popular program here," Huntington said.
The bill will next be discussed on the Senate floor.