For the 13th consecutive year, the Hamblen County Health Department will roll out the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, in July and August.

Sherrie Montgomery, county director for the health department, said Hamblen County is one of only five program locations across the state and, this year, the goal is to significantly increase participation which was down to 700 last year from nearly 1,000 at its inception.

“What this does is provide vouchers for senior citizens who qualify to get fresh fruits and vegetables from the Farmer’s Market (in Morristown)… during the months of July and August,” Montgomery said.

Qualification is based on residence in Hamblen County; age over 60; and income of $1,307 for a family of one, $1,760 for a family of two and $2,213 for a family of three with $453 added for each individual beyond that (proof of each must be provided).

Those meeting all…