Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has begun distribution of Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program produce vouchers as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets in Philadelphia.
Income-eligible Philadelphia residents, who will be age 60 or older by Dec. 31, may receive the vouchers at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and at other designated sites. Vouchers will also be distributed at the Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets July 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Proof of age (60+) and residency in Philadelphia must be presented to receive vouchers. Acceptable forms of identification include Pennsylvania driver’s license and Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID. Other forms of ID that include age and residency will also be accepted. Seniors must sign up in person (or through a proxy) and may receive the vouchers only once per year.
To receive the produce vouchers, 2013 household income must not exceed the following guidelines: one person, $21,257; two people, $28,694; three people, $36,131; and four people, $43,568.
For questions about eligibility and more information, including other voucher distribution sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
The vouchers, made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used before Nov. 30.
In 2012, 36,500 older Philadelphians used the free vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets. Additional funds will allow the program to serve 250 more seniors this year. ••