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Fresh and Free Produce Available for Copper Country Seniors

July 21, 2023 | By Emilie Jacques

Changes to Senior Project Fresh Coupon Distribution

Senior Project Fresh Coupons can be picked up at the MSU Extension office in Hancock between now and Thursday, July 27. Starting Friday, July 28, coupons can be picked up at Copper Shores Meals on Wheels in Hancock between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is a limited supply of coupons available.

The remaining coupons are for seniors over the age of 59, who have not yet received coupons, living in Houghton or Keweenaw county who meet specific income requirements. The coupons are valued at $25 and can be used at any participating farmers market in the Copper Country –  including Calumet, Hancock, Houghton, and at the Bovine Farm Stand south of L’Anse.

Seniors may be eligible if they are in a single household with an income level under $25,142 or a household with two people with an income level under $33,874. Those 55 years of age and a member of a Michigan federally recognized tribe or urban tribe who meets the income requirements, may also be eligible to receive Senior Project Fresh coupons.

Some of the produce that can be purchased with these coupons includes but is not limited to watermelon, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, strawberries, rosemary, lettuce, honey, cucumbers, brussels sprouts, blueberries, asparagus and apples. With more than 75 varieties of food that are included in Senior Project Fresh, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Coupons are available on a first-come first-served basis with limited amounts of coupons. To learn more, see the full schedule of coupon distributions, and find a list of all eligible fresh fruits and vegetables, visit coppercountryseniormeals.org

The MSU Extension office is located at 1500 Birch St., Hancock. The Copper Shores Meals on Wheels office is at 821 W Water St., Hancock. If you have any questions, call the MSU Extension Office at (906) 482-5830 or Meals on Wheels at (906) 483-1155.

Emilie Jacques

Emilie Jacques

"I grew up in the area and graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Communication Studies, and a minor in Media Production. I love the outdoors, camping, backpacking, hiking, and anything that will leave me with blisters and bug bites. I consider myself a huge nerd and spend much of my time thinking about DnD and consuming any high fantasy entertainment that I can." You can reach Emilie at ejacques@coppershores.org