Legislation that would establish a Missouri senior farmers’ market nutrition program will be heading to the House floor in Jefferson City.
The House Agriculture Policy Committee has approved Kansas City State Senator Kiki Curls’ bill.
Curls testified before the committee. Her bill would require the Missouri Department of Agriculture to apply for a federal grant to provide low-income seniors with vouchers that could be exchanged for eligible food at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. The Silver Haired Legislature says about 330-thousand Missouri seniors would qualify.
Curls tells House members that investing in Missouri agriculture is always a great way to support economic development and to provide nutrition for low-income seniors. The Missouri Senate has approved Curls’ bill, which now heads to the House floor.
Missouri is one of seven states without a senior farmers’ market nutrition program. Legislation that would establish one has been approved by the Missouri Senate and will be heading to the House floor.