About 215,000 families in New York will be eligible for $24 in checks to buy food at farmers’ markets this summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
“Farmers’ markets help pump money back in to local economies while encouraging New Yorkers to support local agriculture and promote healthy eating,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The check booklets — six checks each worth $4 — will be available this month through September for families with children under five whose income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty limit, which is $43,567.
The checks can be used through Nov. 30 at farmers’ markets to purchase fruits and vegetables from participating vendors. In recent years, the state has sought to better promote and expand its farmers’ markets and to expand them into poor neighborhoods.
For more information about the program, call 1-800-522-5006.
To find a WIC clinic, visit: www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/local_agencies.htm
For a list of participating farmers’ markets, visit www.agriculture.ny.gov