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Hunger Task Force gives food, farmers market vouchers to low-income seniors

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Hunger Task Force is making it easier for low-income seniors to buy farm-fresh food. 

The non-profit handed out about 500 vouchers that can be used at farmers markets throughout Milwaukee to buy Wisconsin-grown produce. 

Organizers at the Hunger Task Force say the $25 vouchers are in high demand this time of year and help local farmers. 

"The farmers market vouchers let seniors go and buy healthy produce at the farmers market, and people love 'em," said Hunger Task Force Executive Director Sherrie Tussler. "They'll stand in lines for hours to get $25 worth of these vouchers. It's a state program and it's intended to spirit production for local farmers and local markets." 

Qualifying seniors are the only person in their household and have an income of less than $23,000 per year. Eligible recipients also received a free box of commodity foods like cereal, canned vegetables, and fresh milk.

Tuesday, August 27, was the last chance to receive a voucher.

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