Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) hosting Health Fairs and Farmers Market Check distribution kick-off; Planned for June 5 in Waukon and Decorah

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) will be hosting a series of Health Fairs throughout northeast Iowa in early June. Each of the events will feature local vendors and serve as the kick-off for the distribution of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks. The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides qualified seniors aged 60 and over with coupons (checks) that can be exchanged at farmer’s markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs for fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey.

The checks can be used until October 31 at participating vendors. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will begin distributing Farmer’s Market Checks starting in June at various locations throughout the 18-county service area.

Eligible participants in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program must:

• Be 60 years of age or older at the time of this application, born in or before 1959;
• Live in the service area of this Area Agency on Aging;
• Have a yearly household income less than $23,107 for single or $31,284 for married couple.

Each eligible participant receives 10 checks with a total value of $30. A person can only receive checks one time per program year.

The most local Health Fair and distribution event will take place Wednesday, June 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the Waukon Senior Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW in Waukon. Another area Health Fair and distribution event is planned in Decorah that same Wednesday, June 5 from 1-3 p.m. at the LifeLong Links Center for Community Living, located at 607 Washington Street.

In addition to the upcoming Health Fair events, NEI3A will also be distributing the Farmer’s Market checks Tuesday, June 11 at Southridge Apartments, located at 607 Second Street SW in Waukon. That distribution will take place from 10-11:30 a.m.

Anyone with further questions about the Farmers Market checks or other services offered by NEI3A may call 1-866-468-7887. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in northeast Iowa and is one of six Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa. With a mission of empowering older individuals to age with dignity and independence, NEI3A strives to improve the lives of older Iowans, their caregivers and their communities by providing information, services and supports to enable aging at home. For more information visit

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