Farmers Market Programs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Two state programs in Illinois are getting a total of one (M) million dollars in federal money to help low-income families and senior citizens buy produce at local markets.

The Women Infant and Childrens and Senior Farmers Market programs distribute coupons to low-income families and seniors to make locally grown produce affordable.

The money from the U-S Department of Agriculture will go toward the coupons.

State officials say the programs also support farmers by increasing the market for their fruits and vegetables. About 75 community farmers markets in 24 counties are expected to see additional sales through the programs.

Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary Carol Adams says the programs provide a healthier source of produce for low-income families and seniors and also promote home-grown products.

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