Food benefits for seniors
Information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
About the program
LDAF secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in the 2023 program allowing senior citizens to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs, and honey at farmers markets and roadside stands.
Checking your card balance
If you have a benefits card, you can check your balance online .
Applying for benefits
Applications for 2023 are closed since we reached the maximum number of applications that we have funds to serve. You may apply for 2024 benefits beginning in late January.
You must apply every year. Seniors who received food benefits this year will not automatically receive them next year.
Age: 60 years or older on the day you apply
Income: Household income before tax (gross income) must not exceed:
$2248 monthly if one person in household
$3041 monthly if two people in household
If you are already enrolled in any of the programs below, you pre-qualify for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program because the income level to qualify for these programs is less than for this program. (You still need to complete and application to participate).
U.S. Department of Agriculture – Food for Seniors Program
Louisiana Purchase Card (SNAP)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Using your benefits card
Those who qualify receive a food benefits card with a value of $50 as well as a printout of our farmers market directory . You can use the card to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs, and honey at the approved farmers markets and roadside stands (or farm stands). You cannot use the card in grocery stores or with non-participating farmers.
Current issued food benefits expire November 30, 2023.
When making a purchase, present the benefit card as you would a debit or credit card. The farmer will scan the card and enter the amount, and you will confirm the amount by entering a PIN number. Your transaction is complete.