Lower-income senior citizens are encouraged to sign up for the annual summer USDA Senior Produce Program.
The islandwide program runs from June 24 to Oct. 3. It will be the 11th year for the 15-week program on the Big Island. The Food Basket will administer the outreach effort, officially called the USDA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.
Distribution of locally grown fruits and vegetables is to persons age 60 and over with income less than $24,475 for individuals and $33,022 for couples. One allotment is allowed per household. There are 18 distribution sites islandwide.
Applications can be downloaded at www.foodbaskethi.org and are also available at RSVP in the Kamana Senior Center complex (961-8730) and at the Coordinated Services office at 1055 Kinoole St. (961-8777). The Food Basket is accepting and assisting with applications Monday-Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m., at 40 Holomua St. in Hilo and Monday-Thursday at 79-1016A East Honalo Road, Kailua-Kona (322-1418).