- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri seniors could be eating more fresh produce if a proposed bill gets lawmaker support.

Democratic state Rep. Kim Gardner of St. Louis recently filed legislation to give seniors vouchers for farmers’ markets. Under the measure, low-income seniors would receive vouchers for local markets or roadside stands in their county to buy fruit and vegetables.

The bill is intended to give seniors who are at least 60 years old greater access to fresh, local foods. The legislation also aims to increase demand for Missouri-grown produce and encourage more farmers’ markets.

The bill requires the state to apply for a federal grant to fund the program.

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