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Senior Farm Direct Participants

The Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program provides income-eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables and cut, edible herbs directly from participating farmers at farmers markets and farm stands from June through November. Senior Farm Direct is a state-administered, federal nutrition program intended to improve nutrition for Oregon seniors and support local farmers.

Participation does not affect medical assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits.

Contact the Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program at 1-866-299-3562 (toll-free).

Responses are no longer being accepted for the 2024 season.

Eligibility


To be eligible for the program, seniors must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Be at least 62 years old by April 1 of the current year;
  • Be receiving either SNAP benefits and/or Medicaid on April 1 of the current year;
  • Have income below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level in the current year; for 2024, monthly income below $1,732 for a household of one or below $2,351 for a household of two.
  • Be living in a situation where food is not provided for them.

Funding is limited and the program cannot serve all eligible seniors.

How to receive Farm Direct vouchers

In late April, seniors will be notified by mail if they are eligible to participate in the program. Eligible seniors who choose to participate must complete the Response webform or sign and return the Response Card portion of the letter by the date indicated.

If more responses are received than funding allows, Oregon Health Authority will randomly select recipients from the responses received.

Senior Farm Direct participants will receive $32 in Farm Direct vouchers to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and cut, edible herbs from participating farmers at farmers markets and farm stands from June to November. 



How to shop with Farm Direct Dollars

1. Visit a participating farmers market or farm stand. Find a location.

2. Look for these signs to find produce farmers who accept Farm Direct or ask market staff for assistance.

3. Choose the fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables or cut edible herbs you want to buy.
4. Pay the farmer with your Farm Direct Dollars.

         You may have someone else shop for you.

Instructional videos

NOTE: Newly designed Farm Direct Dollars are spent the same was as the checks shown in the videos.

 
 

Tips for spending Farm Direct Dollars

  • Choose only locally grown produce (no bananas, oranges, pineapples, etc.).
  • You can use your vouchers one at a time, or all at once. With one farmer or more!
  • Farmers cannot provide change, so plan to spend the whole amount.
  • Review the season dates of your local markets and farm stands and shop before they close for the season.
  • Keep your Farm Direct vouchers in a safe place. Lost or stolen vouchers cannot be replaced.
  • If possible, bring your own shopping bag or basket.
  • Spend your vouchers by November 30, 2023. Farmers are not paid for vouchers accepted from previous years.
  • Farm Direct vouchers are not accepted at regular grocery stores.

Oregon seasonality chart

Availability will vary by location.

Download as a PDF


Resources

Contact information

Contact the Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program at 1-866-299-3562 (toll free).