ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long-Term Care is hosting senior farmer's market coupon distribution events for eligible seniors. Coupons will be distributed at a first-come, first-serve process. 

''Every county receives these coupons for their Seniors Market Nutrition Program and every county sets their own distribution sites throughout the county in order to give these coupons away to our seniors that are 60 years or older,'' said Beth Strangers, Director for the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care. 

Coupons will be provided to all who meet the age and income requirements, while supplies last. Most importantly, you must be a New York State resident and at least 60 years old. 

Farmer's market coupon eligibility requirements include being a New York State resident, being at least 60 years of age or older, having monthly income at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines, and not already receiving a Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupon.

If you are eligible, you must pick up the coupons at a distribution location site in person, or by your power of attorney. 

''We want to make sure that individuals in our local community, especially older adults, are able to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables from local markets and local farmers (supporting them too). Taking the fresh produce and making sure they go home and consume them will help our locals get the needed nutrients, said Beth Stranges. 

The purpose of this program is to promote local farmers by expanding their sales at farmers markets and to foster healthy communities through the consumption of locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables. 

''If you go to our website on our Facebook page, you will see that we have different locations. We are in Big Flats, North Chemung, [etc.]. We try to spread out the distribution of coupons in case somebody can not get to our office here,'' said Catherine Demember, Coordinator of the Nutrition Program. 

To see more about the locations of the distribution sites, visit the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long-Term Care Facebook site.